Sunday, April 14, 2013

Reminder for Snow/Ice Removal Rules, by Hannah Moseson

Private and commercial property owners and occupants are required to clear sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours of the snowfall’s end.  Failure to do so compromises the safety and wellbeing of La Crosse’s pedestrians and could result in fines.       
Private property owners and occupants with un-cleared sidewalks may be reported to the Engineering Department and will then receive a notice to clear the sidewalk within the next 24 hours.  If still un-cleared, a Street Department crew will clear the sidewalk at the property owner’s expense.  Fines include a $50 administration fee as well as an additional $2.50 per linear foot, about $300 for every 100 feet of un-cleared sidewalk.

The city does not patrol for un-cleared sidewalks, so residents are encouraged to take it upon themselves to report un-cleared sidewalks as a public safety precaution.   These reports can be made to the La Crosse Department of Engineering at (608) 789-7505.

Along with private property owners, apartment occupants should also be aware that clearing ice and snow from sidewalks could be their responsibility as well.  Tenants in doubt of their responsibilities regarding snow and ice removal should check their leases or contact their landlords.  Fines against renters will be taken out of their security deposit, whereas private owners will pay the charge with their property tax bill.