Friday, March 09, 2007
More On Bad Neighbors
The calendar reads March 9 and the thermometer reads 52 degrees, but this stretch of sidewalk along a busy Michigan Street in Lockerbie is just as dangerous to traverse as it was more than a month ago when a winter storm first dumped snow and ice on it. That's because a city ordinance, which allows the city to mete out $50 fines to property owners who fail to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their buildings, is rarely enforced and acts as no deterrent to derelict property owners like this one at the corner of Park & Michigan. And thanks to a recent court decision, pedestrians who slip and fall on an unkempt sidewalk and injure themselves have no remedy against the property owner, notwithstanding a city ordinance which imposes a duty on them to clear the snow and ice from their sidewalks.