LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The City of La Crosse is going to be stricter this winter when enforcing the ordinance about shoveling sidewalks.
Under the ordinance, sidewalks must be cleared 24 hours after the snow stops falling.
If you don't, the city's hired contractor will clear it for you and you will be billed $2.50 per linear foot plus a $50 administrative fee.
This year, people will only be warned with an orange tag on their door once.
In previous years, they handed out warnings after each snow fall.
They hope this change makes it easier for everyone to get around.
"There are a lot of people in the city that use sidewalks that are either confined to some type of a chair or use some other walking device that essentially renders it impossible for them to do anything when that sidewalk is not cleared," Doug Kerns, City Engineering Assistant said.
The city's contractor will be proactive with inspections, but neighbors are welcomed to call the engineering department or message them from the City of La Crosse web site with any sidewalk concerns.
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