City staff has marked sidewalks for repair or replacement and letters have been sent to effected property owners. Per Section 34.05 & Section 94.35-94.99 of the City Ordinances, property owners are responsible for repairing sidewalk on their property. This ordinance dates back to 1935 and is common in many communities.
The letters outline steps that property owners can take to abate the trip hazards and contact information for contractors that can be hired to make the repairs. The City can also provide an interest free loan if needed for a period of one-year.
If the property owner wants to do the work themselves the City can provide a truck to haul concrete away as well as forms to pour the cement into. These items are on a first come first serve basis.
If the corner or edges of the sidewalk become raised, and the sidewalk square is in good condition otherwise, the edge can be ground down to make the surface flat eliminating the trip hazard. This is often a much less expensive option for the property owner.
The goal is to prevent trip hazards and reduce liability to property owners if someone were to trip and fall. This helps maintain a safe environment for all to enjoy without injury.
If the property owner does not abate the issue, local ordinances provide for the City to have the repairs made at the owner’s expense.
If anyone has questions they can contact City Hall at 517-369-7334 or stop in during our regular business hours.
Our recycling numbers are in for the second quarter of 2016:
Total- 19.63 Tons
The City Council approved the 2016-2017 budget on June 1. A complete copy of the approved budget can be found by clicking here to view.
Did you know that you can "adopt a truck" from the City of Bronson to load brush, limbs, or other natural materials you want to dispose of? All you need to do is stop in and request a truck and fill out the request form. DPW staff drops off a truck at the requested location (driveway or lawn) on the requested date. You can then load materials to the truck and City staff will pickup the truck the next morning and dump the materials for you. This saves time and energy for residents by not having to bring the materials to the curb as well as saving City DPW staff time. If you have any questions please call 517-369-7334.
With all of the news surrounding the safety of Flint’s water, you may be questioning the safety of your own water here in Bronson. The City of Bronson’s water and water infrastructure does not contain lead. The City’s water is also treated with Phosphates which is used to balance the PH level in the water to prevent corrosion of household pipes. Because the water in Flint was not treated to prevent corrosion before the water reached individual homes, it caused pipes to corrode and leach from household pipes in older homes.
Every three years the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality requires the City to test ten different homes (selected based on specific criteria for potential high risk of lead). The City recently performed these tests in 2015 (click here to view results). None of the homes in this test registered at an unsafe level or at a level requiring further action.
If you are concerned about the lead levels in the water in your home, the statement below from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality outlines steps you can take to minimize any exposure to lead in your drinking water:
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency also has a lot of information on their website about lead safe homes and testing:
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