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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The City of Grand Rapids is encouraging residents to clear their sidewalks or risk being fined.

A city ordinance requires property owners to clear snow and ice from the adjacent sidewalks within 24 hours following a winter storm.

If you encounter a sidewalk that has not been cleared and has exceeded the 24 hour rule you may file a complaint at: www.grcity.us, select Online Services from the list and register your complaint. If you are unable to access this system please call (616) 456-3243.

Residents cited for non-compliance are given 48 hours to clear the sidewalk. After 48 hours a re-inspection is conducted; if the sidewalk remains in violation of the ordinance, the sidewalk will be plowed by a contractor and the property owner will be responsible for the charges. They include administrative fee of $95, plus $25 per quarter hour labor for snow and ice removal.