Ordinance 19-4-2015
VILLAGE OF SHOREHAM SIDEWALK ORDINANCE
An ordinance to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the village, by the
adoption of regulations concerning the construction and maintenance of sidewalks within the
village.
The Village of Shoreham Ordains:
Section 101: Construction.
A. Necessity for Permit. No person shall construct, lay, or reconstruct any public sidewalk
without first obtaining a permit from the village Building Official.
B. Conformity with Specifications. No person shall construct or repair any sidewalk except
in accordance with the line, grade, slope and standard specifications established by the Building
Official.
C. Curb Cuts or Openings. No opening, including but not limited to curb cuts, shall be
made without first obtaining a permit from the village Building Official. Any such opening or cut,
made without first obtaining a permit, will be considered a public nuisance. Any such public
nuisance may be abated by the village, which right shall not bar the village from prosecution of the
owner or occupant for violation of this section.
Section 102: Responsibilities of Abutting Property Owner
A. Litter, Ice and Snow Removal: The owner and occupant of any lands and premises
abutting upon any public sidewalk shall keep the same free of all trash, dirt or litter and shall
remove promptly within 72 hours all snow and ice which shall fall or form thereon. In no case
shall snow or ice removed from any lot or premises be deposited on such adjoining or abutting
sidewalks.
Alternatively, the Village Council may by a two-thirds vote of all members agree to pay such
part of the expense of clearing the sidewalks as they may deem proper from the major road fund.
B. Failure to Clear: An owner or occupant who fails to clear the sidewalk abutting or
adjoining a property shall be deemed in violation of this ordinance and, in addition, the Village
Council President or his/her designee may cause the sidewalks to be cleared, using village funds,
whenever such accumulation of snow and/or ice exceeds two inches in depth, and to cause such
sidewalk to be salted, when, in his/her estimation sufficient ice exists to be hazardous to
pedestrians, and the actual cost of removal and/or deicing and other related expenses shall
become a debt to the village from the owner of the lot or premises to be reported and levied as a
special tax or assessment upon the lot or premises, which amount may be collected according to
the laws of the State.
C. Expenses of Construction, Maintenance and Repair: The Village Council shall have the
power to construct, maintain and repair all public sidewalks and to charge the expenses for such
upon the owner or occupant of each lot or premises abutting or adjoining the public sidewalks.
The village council shall also have the power to require the owners of each lot or premises
abutting or adjoining the public sidewalk to construct or maintain the sidewalks in a manner and
within such time as the Village Council may by resolution prescribe. The expenses of such
construction and/or maintenance shall be paid by the owner or occupant of such abutting
property.
Alternatively, the Village Council may by a two-thirds vote of all members agree to pay such
part of the expense of building or maintaining the public sidewalks as they may deem proper from
the major road fund.
D. Failure to Construct, Maintain or Repair: An owner or occupant described above who
fails to construct, maintain or repair the sidewalk as directed by this ordinance shall be deemed in
violation of this ordinance and, in addition, the village may instead construct, maintain or repair
the sidewalk and the amount of all costs and other expenses of such construction, maintenance or
repair, shall become a debt to the village from the owner of the lot or premises to be reported and
levied as a special tax or assessment upon the lot or premises, which amount may be collected
according to the laws of the State.
Section 103: Encroachment and Excavation
No person shall obstruct or encroach upon any public sidewalk or excavate under any public
sidewalk or place any signs, awnings, awning posts or other items on or over public sidewalks
without a permit from the Village Council.
Section 104: Violations
Any person, owner or designated representative admitting responsibility or found guilty of
violating any provision of this ordinance, shall be guilty of a Municipal Civil Infraction as provided
for by Act 236 of the Public Acts of 1961, as amended, and shall be punished by a fine of $50.00 for
the first violation, $100.00 for the second violation and $150.00 for the third and each subsequent
violation. Each violation of the provisions hereof shall be deemed a separate offense.
Section 105: Effective Date
This ordinance was adopted on the 14th day of October, 2015 by the Village of Shoreham Council
by a vote of 7 Ayes (unanimous): Stan Capua, Stephanie Clarke, Bruce Cole, Ken Keller, Bob
Lawrence, Reneta Mais and Bruno Trapikas.
This ordinance shall take effect 21 days after its enactment.
Date: 10/15/2015
__________________________________________________________
Bruno Trapikas, President
Village of Shoreham, MI
Date: 10/15/2015
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Debra Trapikas, Clerk
Village of Shoreham, MI
I, Debra Trapikas, Village of Shoreham Clerk, hereby certify that the above ordinance was adopted
on the 14th day of October, 2015. The notice of adoption was published in the Herald Palladium
newsletter on the ____ day of October, 2015 and will become effective at 12:01a.m. on November 5,
2015.
___________________________________________________________
Debra Trapikas, Clerk
Village of Shoreham, MI
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Sidewalk Ordinance 19-4-2015 - Village of Shoreham, Michigan