Michigan is a great place to live, though winters can present some challenges. Cold weather and snow require certain maintenance for residents and business owners. We have included some resources and information below for the cold months of winter.
Please do not park on any public streets between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. between Nov. 15 and March 15. Additionally, parking is not allowed during times when street parking could make it difficult for, or prevent snow removal.
This effort greatly improves our ability to clear the streets of snow and ice. Those parked on the streets during these hours are subject to ticketing. More information on the City of Kentwood's code ordinances is available here on our website.
When is my street going to be plowed?
The City of Kentwood’s Department of Public Works prioritizes winter operations from highest volume street to lowest volume street in the following order:
- Major streets within the City of Kentwood with the most traffic are the first priority when it comes to snow removal. A few examples of major streets are 44th Street, 52nd Street, Kalamazoo Avenue and Eastern Avenue. We plow and salt the major routes first during a snow event.
- Collector streets are the “main” streets throughout many of the subdivisions where you live. They act as the most effective way to enter or exit an area adjacent to the major streets. These routes are plowed and salted after the major streets have been cleared and are as safe as possible to travel on. Some examples of collector streets are: Baileys Grove Drive, Stauffer Avenue and Gentian Avenue.
- Local streets are the streets with in the subdivisions themselves. We plow these once the collectors are cleared and safe for travel. We typically do not spread salt on the local streets.
- Cul-de-sacs/stub streets are the last to get attention. We will plow these with smaller pick-up trucks and direct the snow to areas in the cul-de-sac that are suitable for snow storage. Please make sure all items are removed from the cul-de-sacs such as: soccer goals, portable basketball hoops and any other miscellaneous items.
There are many times when we have finished one classification of street and moved into another and Mother Nature decides to disrupt our plan. In these cases, as the major roads deteriorate, we will shift our attention back to them and then the cycle starts over.
We make every attempt to have all the roads cleared within 24 hours after the snow event has ended. During most snow events our crews are working around the clock with trucks on the road 24 hours a day, sometimes for several days in a row.
Clearing of Sidewalks
Please remember that property owners are responsible for clearing two or more inches of snow, ice and other obstructions from the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses. While the City plows certain sidewalks, this is done only once during a snow event. For snowfalls that last longer, please be sure to clear the walkways on your property – personal and business. We want to ensure our streets and sidewalks are safe for everyone using them. Many people use our sidewalks from children, to winter runners to those living with physical disabilities.
We appreciate your help in keeping our pathways clear for everyone to use and enjoy!
Click here to view a map of the sidewalks the City plows. More information on the City of Kentwood's code ordinances is available here on our website.
Fire Hydrant Maintenance
If there is a fire hydrant on your property, it is your responsibility to keep it clear. Please shovel a clear path from the street to the hydrant, and three feet around the hydrant. Keeping hydrants clear will save precious seconds in case of emergencies.
If a City snowplow has damaged your mailbox or other personal property, please visit our Report an Issue page. Someone from the City will be contacting you within two business days.
Any mailbox damaged as a result of plowing or scraping the roadway, the City, after an inspection by staff, and with a current and valid receipt, will: 1. reimburse up to $25 for a new mailbox, 2. reimburse up to $25 for a new post. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to properly install the mailbox and/or post according to the USPS standard guidelines. Once installed, the Department of Public Works staff will re-inspect. For an inspection, contact the Department of Public Works at 616.554.0817.
Snow Removal AssistanceThere are some local agencies that may be able to provide help. Some suggestions are the Red Cross, United Way (2-1-1 on your phone) or even your neighborhood association. Other resources such as your local church, a private contractor, family members, or neighbors could all be of assistance as well.
The City of Kentwood does not provide any snow removal services for driveways or sidewalks.
Preventing Frozen Water Pipes and Meters
When below freezing temperatures are sustained over a few days, water pipes and meters that are close to cold air may freeze. Property owners are responsible for protecting both water pipes and the water meter from damage. Kentwood Utilities offers tips for how to help prevent water pipes and meters from freezing, which are available here.
Vacation House Checks
The Volunteers in Police Service program of the Kentwood Police Department offers free vacation house checks to Kentwood residents. Trained volunteers will perform an inspection of your property while you are away for at least a week and up to three months.