La Crosse officials hope to get snow-covered sidewalks cleared faster by using a contractor to patrol after snowstorms.
The city's Board of Public Works has approved using Midwest Roll-Off to go through the city 24 hours after the snow stops to check for compliance as required by city ordinance.
Using the contractor rather than city staff should mean a quicker response to what has been a chronic problem, Doug Kerns, an assistant in engineering department, told the board Monday.
A lack of staff time now leaves some unshoveled sidewalks unnoticed or unreported for as long as a week, Kerns said. It can make it impossible for the elderly or disabled to safely navigate, he said.
The company had been clearing snow for the last three winters, but the contract was changed to give them authority to also identify problem areas. Kerns hopes sidewalks will be cleared in three or four days.
Scofflaw property owners will have to pay $2.50 per lineal foot, plus a $50 administrative fee.