Winter Weather Reminder Snow and Ice Removal from Sidewalks

Winter Weather Reminder Snow and Ice Removal from Sidewalks

WinterPlowTruck - CopyNow that snow and winter have officially arrived, the City of Menasha would like to remind residents of their responsibility to remove snow and ice from all public sidewalks.

To ensure public sidewalks are safe for pedestrians, the owner or occupant of a property immediately adjacent to a public sidewalk is responsible for removal of any snow or ice that accumulates on the sidewalk. Sidewalks shall be cleared of ice and snow to a minimum of four (4) feet in width within 24-hours of the time the snow or ice event ends. If ice has formed such that it cannot be removed, the sidewalk shall be sprinkled with salt and/or sand to permit safe pedestrian travel.

If the owner or occupant fails to remove snow within 24-hours of completion of a snow event, a written notice will be issued to those property owners who fail to comply with these regulations. If the City receives a complaint, a notice to clear the ice and/or snow is sent to the property owner. Within 24-hours of property owner notification, the City of Menasha will clear the ice and/or snow and invoice the property owner for the abatement of the hazard in accordance with City of Menasha Municipal Code Section 6-2-7.

Residents on corner lots are asked to clear a path through the crosswalk until the Department of Public Works can perform removal through the entire radius. Please remember that it is costly, hazardous and illegal to push, plow or deposit snow onto city streets when clearing snow from your sidewalks and driveways.

On-Street Parking During Plowing Operations

A growing problem for city plow operators during winter is the increased amount of parked vehicles encountered during plowing operations. Plows that have to go around parked vehicles leave windrows of snow, which can become public hazards. Please be mindful that on-street parking is not allowed on any city streets between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am from November 1 to March 31. We kindly request that while plowing operations are ongoing, that you avoid parking in the street until the roads can be cleared.

City Snow Removal Operations

The City of Menasha’s response levels, operations and techniques are dependent upon the severity of the winter weather event. Menasha’s snow emergency routes are located so all residents have to travel no more than three (3) blocks to reach a snow route.

CODE YELLOW (0” – 1” snow) – Salt trucks are dispatched to maintain snow emergency routes. Clear salt is used on main routes as conditions allow, while either clear salt or a mixture of salt and stone chips are used on the other streets. Materials utilized are determined by ambient temperatures, storm conditions, and a compilation of other factors.

CODE BLUE (1” – 3” snow) – Emergency snow routes and all city parking lots are plowed while secondary routes are salted, unless conditions warrant plowing.

CODE RED (over 3” snow)
– All city streets are plowed.

Any complaints regarding snow or ice removal should be directed to the Public Works Facility (920-967-3620) between 7am and 3pm Monday-Friday or to the Code Enforcement Office at (920-967-3548) between 8am and 4pm Monday-Friday.