Snow and ice removal on sidewalks

The snow has arrived!  Well, it has been here for a while, but just a reminder, Canton Township Ordinance requires that property owners/occupants remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of homes within 72 hours of a snow event.

All Cherry Hill I (houses) occupants are required to clear their own sidewalks.  Cherry Hill II (condominiums) are cleared by the homeowners association.  Sidewalks in the parks and other common areas are also cleared by the homeowners association.

Happy shoveling and snow blowing!

Be a good neighbor:  If you get out there first, clear your neighbor’s walk, too.  Maybe they’ll return the favor next time.

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5 Responses to Snow and ice removal on sidewalks

  1. TSheffield says:

    Been very disappointed in snow removal for condo’s this winter. In the past the walks & stairs and driveways were all cleared before I got up in the morning (6:00 a.m.). Usually heard them around 4:30 a.m. doing the alley behind the condos and the driveways…not so this year. Paying $300 a month in Maintenance (entirely too high considering the downstairs condo, which gets no more services than I do, pas half of this amount), I expect better. It was music to my ears hearing that sound at 4:30 last year and the year before, knowing all would be taken care of before I had to go out for work.
    Since the stairs going into my townhouse/condo and the walkway in front do not belong to me, nor does the driveway, I would think this would be done in a timely manner!

  2. jmiller says:

    TSheffield,
    As a condo owner, I could not agree with you more. I’ve lived in my home for more than five years, and this is the first year I’ve ever had to shovel my own driveway. My question is this: how much should I take off my March association dues for having to shovel my own driveway (after noon!) after the last snow storm? I don’t intend to pay the full assocation dues as the association did not hold up their end of the bargain and shovel my drive.
    I do have one quick correction for you. I own the downstairs condo, and I can assure you that my dues are also nearly $300 a month.

  3. jjabate says:

    I just don’t get it?! The maintenance companies bid on these jobs and then under deliver. Maybe we should pay after the season and get it in writing that if they don’t meet their end of the bargain they’re out and will paid based on performance. As condo owners we pay more than anyone I know who lives in a condo and don’t have a club house, pool or anything like that and we can’t even get our snow removal services done on-time. My driveway wasn’t done at all after this last storm and two calls have gone unanswered to Mike at KS. When I first moved here and they weren’t mowing my lawn with Landarc, I was told to buy a portable lawn mower! Can you believe that? I had to retain a lawyer who sent Landarc a note reminding them they had to fulfill those services as stated in the agreement or we don’t have to pay. They came right out after they received it. I still have a copy of it too. It’s a shame it even has to get that far. I would agree, last year was much better. What happened?

  4. jmiller says:

    Once again, this morning, I was ready to leave my condo only to realize that my driveway had not been plowed. I’m not asking a lot, it’s not like I’m trying to leave at five in the morning, it’s actually 11AM. Like you, jjabate, I’ve tried to call Mike at KS, and I can never get ahold of him. Last time this happened, I asked him how much I should take off my March association dues because it took me nearly an hour to shovel myself out, and he told me, “Sorry, it doesn’t work that way”. No, I’m sorry, because it doesn’t seem to work AT ALL. So I guess they think I’m going to continue to pay nearly $300 a month for services that I’m not receiving. Is there anything we can do?

  5. jmiller says:

    I just talked with Mike from KS and I get the feeling that his hands are tired. It sounds more like the people we contract out to do the plowing are dropping the ball: not answering/returning phone calls, being careless skipping random driveways as they plow, etc. I think it’s time to contract out to a new company. I also really like your idea, jjabate, of paying at the end of the season for services rendered.

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