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SnowBuddy Proposal to Clear Snow from Sidewalks in Ann Arbor Neighborhood

Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

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.

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.

Paul Tinkerhess discusses the challenges with the current way sidewalks are cleared.

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

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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