SnowBuddy Proposal to Clear Snow from Sidewalks in Ann Arbor Neighborhood

Mar 13, 2014

At least one Ann Arbor neighborhood may change the way snow and ice is removed from sidewalks next winter.  Ann Arbor businessman Paul Tinkerhess and others are working on the SnowBuddy concept to have a small tractor plow all of the sidewalks in the Water Hill neighborhood.  

According to Tinkerhess, WEMU, fans will recognize the SnowBuddy funding model.

Sidewalks in Ann Arbor in various states of being shoveled.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Tinkerhess hopes the SnowBuddy concept will end up being adopted by the city of Ann Arbor.  He believes the cost for plowing sidewalks in the Water Hill neighborhood could be as little as 10 cents per snowfall, and the entire city could probably have sidewalks cleared all winter for only a few dollars per property.

More information can be found about SnowBuddy here.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him