This program was deemed a priority to begin as the road condition on many Village streets had been deteriorating for many years, and needed improvement. The Village participates in the Wisconsin Information System for Local Roads (WISLR) through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. This system brings together data regarding the roads in a pavement rating system. This information is used to set maintenance options for roads based on their rating. This system continues to be more utilized as the Village continues with its general maintenance, mill and overlay, and road reconstruction projects in the future to improve its overall road rating.
The Department of Public works clears all public streets and alleys as needed. Village crews plow main thoroughfares, next proceed to streets adjacent to schools, then clear residential streets and alleys. They also clear sidewalks which abut village-owned land, such as parks and government buildings. In the process of clearing snow from the streets, plows will deposit some snow on driveway approaches (the portion of the driveway between the street and the sidewalk). It is the responsibility of each property owner to clear snow from their driveway approach.
Residents are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the public sidewalk adjacent to their property. Snow must be removed within 24 hours after snow has ceased to fall, and the sidewalk must be cleared enough to allow adequate passage for pedestrians passing each other in opposite directions. Village ordinance prohibits placing snow on another person's property or into the street. Also, please be courteous when operating a snow blower so as not to disturb your neighbors.
Snow & Ice Control Policy
Salting of secondary streets is limited to the intersections due to space availability for salt storage and environmental reasons. There is not enough storage capacity to hold enough salt to use on every street in the Village with every storm. Additionally, most of the Village's storm sewers feed directly into Lake Michigan. During snow melt and frequent winter rains, the residue from road salt enters the storm sewer and makes its way out to Lake Michigan. Road salt however, is a necessity and therefore the Village has tried to balance the storage needs and environmental issues by implementing a "low" salt policy.
Public Sidewalk Snow Shoveling & Ice Control
Village Ordinance requires that residents clear sidewalks of snow and ice 24 hours after a snow/ice event. If you live on a corner or an intersection that has a crosswalk, please shovel out the cross walk. If that cross walk is a handicap accessible ramp, the walk area should be cleared out wide enough to accommodate a wheel chair. Failure to do so may result in the issuance of a citation of $103.50 in addition to a cost for removal/deicing by the Department of Public Works. The Village charge is about $80 per hour plus a $38 administrative fee. If you are going to be out of town, please arrange to have your snow removed and free of ice.
It is against Village Ordinance to push, pile, blow, or shovel snow into and across the public street and alley. If you have a contractor removing snow, please remind him/her of the rules. Snow windrows can cause damage and injury if left to obstruct roadways. It also creates significant cost over-runs when the Village crew has to remove and clear the roadway again.
Refuse Collection - Snow Removal & Ice Control On Private Walks & Driveways
In order to prevent the collectors from injury and protect the property owner from liability, please have any access to your refuse receptacles free of any snow or ice. This includes walkways or your driveway from the street to the receptacles. In addition, please dig out, and pull out the receptacles to make sure they are not frozen in.
Snow Removal - Fire Hydrant
As winter approaches, help the Fire Department by adopting the fire hydrant closest to your home or business and keep it free of snow during the winter. At a fire, the Fire Department must quickly locate and gain a water supply source from the closest fire hydrant. A fire engine carries enough water on board for approximately 3 ½ minutes of firefighting. If a fire hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time must be spent digging it out. Keep the snow clear from around the fire hydrant and shovel a path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant. These actions will allow the Fire Department to quickly locate a fire hydrant and obtain a water supply for firefighting activities. The North Shore Fire Department Public Education Office can be contacted at 414-228-0292 or by email, should you have any questions about these winter season fire and safety hints.
The Village maintains many different series of street lights throughout various neighborhoods. There are numerous instances of a bulb being out or a series that becomes damaged leading to entire blocks being out. Please report these outages as they occur so that they can be addressed by Department of Public Works (DPW) Staff as soon as possible. Contact the DPW Garage at 414-967-5128, ext. 1 and leave a message on where the outage is at.
To report a burned out street light or traffic signal, please call the Department of Public Works at 414-967-5128, ext. 1 or through email.
A Right of Way Permit is required for the safe and orderly placement of improvements and special use of the right of way, such as for material storage. Construction and landscape materials cannot be stored directly on the street/right of way for any period of time unless they are stored properly under a Right of Way Permit. Any debris or damage by a contractor or landscaper is their responsibility to take care of.
The Village does not haul away contractor or landscaper debris or repair their damage. In order to minimize the impact of activities of your contractors and landscapers on public streets/right of ways, please make sure they do not damage public property, illegally store materials, obstruct or leave their debris in the right of way and that any required Right of Way Permits and waste disposal is included in any services you receive.