REED CITY — City officials will hear public comments on proposed policies for sidewalk clearing today.

The city council will be holding a public hearing on city code for designating safe sidewalk routes to schools at their 7 p.m. meeting.

Last month, council members discussed a draft ordinance outlining a proposed policy change that would make clear paths for students walking to school, which some councilors criticized for having penalties that were too high.

According to the draft, residents that neglect to remove snow could face a civil infraction and a fine between $200 and $500.

Councilors were concerned for some citizens, such as seniors, who might be less able to clear snow before being penalized.

Expanding the area requiring clear sidewalks to the entire city was also an option that was discussed.

The city will hear public input before the ordinance is adopted, rejected or modified.

The city council also will hold discussion on the construction of an MDOT parking bay on Chestnut Street, a resolution changing election nominating petition deadline, and the establishment of a permit process for outdoor cafes.