Updated: Snow Emergency Declared in East Lansing; Rules Change Now
Above: Photo of the 2016 CoEL Department of Public Works snow and ice team, courtesy CoEL.
Update: As of Tuesday, January 29, City of East Lansing officials are suspending the enforcement of sidewalk snow and ice removal until 8 p.m. on Friday, February 1. According to a press release, this delay "will allow additional time for property owners to clear the sidewalks adjacent to their property as temperatures warm up later in the week," although citizens are encouraged to clear their sidewalks if they are able to do so safely.
The City of East Lansing has declared a snow emergency, closing City offices and prohibiting on-street parking from 6 p.m. today through 6 a.m. tomorrow. Crews will be out plowing, starting with major streets.
The City has also announced it will not be enforcing the snow and ice removal law for sidewalks for at least the next two days, “due to the extremely cold temperatures forecasted for this week.”
Those needing a place to park a car should know that parking in the downtown gated lots and garages “will be free for the remainder of the day,” according to the City’s press release on the snow emergency.
All evening meetings, including the meeting of East Lansing’s Transportation Commission and Commission on the Environment, have been cancelled.
According to the press release, the snow emergency was declared by the City Manager “after consultation with the East Lansing Mayor,” Mark Meadows.
For warming station information, see ELi’s article from this morning by Noa Kuszai.
Citizens are reminded that, if non-emergency governmental assistance is needed, community members can call 211. As always, dial 911 if there is an active emergency.
Community members are encouraged by the City to sign up for Nixle and Everbridge emergency alerts. Find out more at the City’s dedicated emergency alerts page.