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Changes were made to a city ordinance referring to sidewalk snow and ice removal. (PHOTO: Bobby Tanzilo)

Changes to city ordinance addressing snowy, icy sidewalks now in effect

Property owners in the City of Milwaukee are advised that a city ordinance amendment concerning sidewalk snow and ice removal took effect on Jan. 20, 2015.

City of Milwaukee private property, residential or commercial property owners and occupants are required to clear the sidewalks abutting their property of snow or ice within 24 hours after a snow fall. This includes the corner crosswalk area for property owners with corner lots and those whose property abuts a midblock crosswalk.

What has changed? If a property owner is found to be in violation of this ordinance, a special charge of $50 (up from $25) will be assessed. Property owners who fail to clear all sidewalk snow and ice within 24 hours after receiving notice of the violation will be assessed additional special charges of $75 (up from $45) for the first violation and $100 (up from $90) for a second violation and any violations thereafter, plus the cost of snow and ice removal if cleared by the city.

The Department of Public Works staff is responsible for monitoring properties for snow and ice removal compliance and provides clean-up services when necessary. Residents can also alert DPW to problem properties by calling (414) 286-CITY.


Keith | Jan. 24, 2015 at 11:24 a.m. (report)

I don't see much of a change with the rules. As far as reporting to the city to get people to clean their sidewalks of ice and snow, I reported 601 W Wells to the city 4 times in one week just last week after the last snow and each time I reported it I would get an email back saying my request was deleted or it was completed and yet the snow and ice remained. The system for reporting does not seem to work. I even emailed my alderman who had a request entered and the same thing happened.

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