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What La Crosse sidewalks should be shoveled in the Winter?


La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – Snow removal on city sidewalks is the center of attention at Monday's Public Works meeting in La Crosse.  At issue is whether or not sidewalks that are disconnected or don't go anywhere need to be cleared of snow.

Right now the city requires residents to clear snow and ice from all sidewalks 24-hours after a snowfall.  If the snow is not cleared, the city will do the job and property owners will be cited.  However, some residents object because their sidewalks are not connected to any other pavements.

Monday, the Public Works department decided, for the remainder of the snow season, it will be up to the City Engineers to put together a policy and decide what type of sidewalk it is and whether or not snow removal should be required.

"If it is connected to some area we will enforce the ordinance and clear the sidewalk, said City of La Crosse Engineer, Doug Kerns.   "If it is clearly a disconnected sidewalk, one piece of 60-feet of walk, in the middle of nowhere, that sidewalk will not need to be cleared."

Kerns' said the bigger issue is if the orphaned sidewalks should be removed in the future or made accessible to the public, that is a topic up for debate in the new year. 

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