Bike paths near schools will be priority for township’s snow removal

Grand Haven Township officials earlier this week discussed guidelines for snowplowing the township's 22 miles of bike paths this winter. Staff will plow a 5-foot-wide swath of the 8-foot-wide bike paths when the snow accumulates to 3 inches, according to Township Manager Bill Cargo. When snowfall measures more than 3 inches during the weekend, or during "non-business' hours, snow plowing will continue - using flex time and staggering schedules for employees to minimize overtime hours.
Kyle Moroney
Sep 14, 2011

“If we have a snow event like we did last year, at the end of January or early February, even with flex time and staggering schedules we’d still have to use overtime hours,” Cargo said. “... Our goal is to keep the paths not paved to bare pavement, but to never let it get above 3 inches.”

Staff is reviewing various route possibilities, but there is not a defined route for snow removal on the bike paths.

The township will give first priority to the paths near and surrounding the schools in the township: Grand Haven High School, and Rosy Mound and Peach Plains elementary schools. The order of schools for the snow plowing is not yet known, but it will be cleared prior to the start of the school day, Cargo said.

The Township Board advised Cargo to write up a policy and detail the liability concerns, and have it ready for consideration at the board’s Oct. 10 meeting.

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