Is there a rumor you've heard that you would like to track down? Is there something in the city — like playground equipment or a pothole — that needs to be fixed? Rick Romano answers some of the mysteries of life in Wauwatosa and helps solve everyday problems.
What does the city consider a shoveled and cleared sidewalk?
Issue: A reader who walks to work asked us to look into the city's regulations about clearing snow on sidewalks. "The majority of houses and businesses do a great job," he wrote. "There are others who have at least an inch of hard-packed snow they never (or hardly) shoveled or salted and foot traffic compacted it."
Status: The city's ordinance — under Chapter 12.24 — details property owner obligations. That includes clearing the sidewalk of snow down to the pavement for the entire width of the walk within 24 hours of a snowfall. Bottom line: Doing nothing can cost a property owner.
The city's Parks and Forestry Division receives and investigates complaints about properties that are in not in compliance, Clerk Mary Clare Schuller said.
"If it is down to ice and hard-packed snow that cannot be removed and there has been sand for grit and salt for melting, then that is considered OK," she said. "If there has been no attempt to remove snow, then we will do it, but you don't want us to do that."
That's because the city charges a $100 fee to come out and then $1 per linear foot for 30 feet and $2 per linear foot thereafter. A typical snow clearing operation at a residence costs the owner $150, she said.
Schuller also pointed out that those living on corners are responsible for clearing access to street crossings.
To make a complaint, call the Parks and Forestry Division of the Public Works Department at (414) 471-8420.
Submit your question by sending an email to email@example.com.
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Ask Now: Why are Roosevelt and McKinley elementary schools so similar?
- Ask Now: When will the work be done at Highway 100 and Capitol Drive?
- Wauwatosa Ask Now: How does the Peony Restaurant stay open?
- Ask Now: What is happening to the lagoon area north of Burleigh Street on the Menomonee River?
- Ask Now: What does the city earn, or lose, on its recycling program?
- Ask Now: Why are North Avenue bike lanes wearing away so soon?
- Wauwatosa Ask Now: What happened to bank at Pick 'n Save on Mayfair Road?
- Ask Now: Who pays the taxes when a house has been torn down?
- Wauwatosa Ask Now: Are those bird sounds being used as crosswalk signals?
- Ask Now: What is being built at Hart Park?
- Ask Now: What is happening with developments near the intersection of Mayfair Road and Burleigh Street?
- Ask Now: Doesn't a residential swimming pool need to be fenced?
- Ask Now: Why is the city fixing sidewalks with asphalt?
- Ask Now: When will 124th Street be reopened?
- Wauwatosa Ask Now: Why don't public and parochial schools have the same schedules?
- Ask Now: Why are there concrete slabs on North Avenue?
- Ask Now: Is the size and placement of political signs regulated?
- Wauwatosa Ask Now: Why is construction on Mayfair Road taking so long?
- Wauwatosa Ask Now: Why are the basins in the County Ground never filled with water?
- Ask Now: How to stop medical center employees from smoking on nearby streets