City of La Crosse to issue warnings for unshoveled sidewalks

City will bill residents $2.50 per unshoveled foot, plus $50 fee

City officials are reminding La Crosse residents of their clear sidewalk ordinance.

People living in La Crosse have 24 hours after the snow stops falling to clear their sidewalks. City officials say that means residents have until about 11 a.m. on Wednesday before they start checking.

City contractors will eventually clear the snow for anyone who doesn’t shovel their sidewalk, but those people will be billed for the work to the tune of $2.50 per linear foot, plus a $50 administrative fee.

“There’s a lot of people that use these sidewalks, besides the owners,” said Assistant City Engineer Bernard Lenz. “There (is) a population in the city that this is the only way they can get around. So, you know, it’s the law, but it’s also the neighborly thing to do.”

Lenz says the city will issue warnings to people who don’t clear their sidewalks this time because it’s the first major snow event of the year, but won’t for future snowfalls.

Those warnings only last for a day, meaning anyone who still doesn’t have their sidewalk shoveled by Thursday morning can expect a bill from the city.