Snow Removal

shovelIce Control Policy
The City of Cudahy has adopted a low-application road salt policy to reduce the amount of salt that pollutes Lake Michigan.  This means that the city does not have a "bare pavement" policy.  Being a Lake Michigan community, Cudahy's storm sewers discharge directly into the lake.  That same water is used as a fresh water supply for millions of people along the shoreline, including Cudahy.  The city often gets criticized for this policy, but applying roadway salt to achieve bare pavement does not reduce traffic accidents.  Rather, it increases pollution, kills plants and animals and increases taxes. 

City ordinances prohibit the placing of snow in the street, alley or walk.  Snow shoveled or blown into the street can cause hazards for cars and pedestrians.  If left to freeze, it may cause a dangerous situation that lasts until spring.  Property owners will be fined if they place snow in the street, alley and/or walk.  In order to facilitate garbage and recycling pickup, the area around the carts must be cleared of snow. Carts may not be placed on top of snowbanks for pick up.  The Water Utility and Fire Department ask all residents to make sure that the fire hydrant serving their home is shoveled out in such a manner as to make it immediately visible from the street and accessible in case of an emergency.

Sidewalk Snow Removal
City codes make it the responsibility of the "owner, occupant or person in charge of any building or lot" to remove snow and ice from the abutting public sidewalk within 24 hours after the snow or ice event is over.  Since icy or snow-covered walks pose a significant hazard to the public, the City will have the snow or ice removed from the public walks as soon as the DPW is notified of the hazard.  The property owner will be billed for the work.  The minimum charge per event in 2013 for a 40' long walk was $160.00.

BE SURE TO CLEAR THE ENTIRE WIDTH OF THE SIDEWALK AND THE CROSSWALK!

Snow Shoveling Abatements
If a sidewalk is not shoveled within 24 hours after a snow or ice event, the DPW will have the snow or ice removed from the public walks without notice to the owner or occupant of the property.  These abatements are complaint-driven, meaning the City responds when a complaint is made.  If you have received an abatement for snow removal and wish to appeal it, a letter must be written to the Board of Public Works.  The case will then be placed on the agenda for deliberation.  A property owner who plans to appeal must be present at the Board of Public Works meeting when it is put on the agenda to appeal their case.  The Board of Public Works is the only board that can overturn an abatement charge, but usually does not do so unless there was a medical emergency.  This is because icy sidewalks pose a threat to everyone in the public.  Letters to the Board of Public Works can be sent to:

Department of Public Works
attn: Board of Public Works
P.O. Box 100510
5050 S. Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110

Please include contact information such as a telephone number or email address where you can be reached.

Snow Removal Assistance
If you are 60 years of age or older and need help with shoving, Cudahy-St. Francis Interfaith may be able to help.  Interfaith, working with the Cudahy School District, can arrange for students to shovel the snow from your sidewalk and the walk to your front door after a four-inch or more snowfall.  The service is paid for with a grant from the city.  For more information, call Interfaith at 483-4474.

Check out the City of Cudahy DPW's Dashboard Camera during a heavy snowfall event on February 1, 2015.  A time lapse is used to show a period of roughly 2 hours in only a couple minutes.  It's interesting to note the heavy white out/low visibility conditions our plow drivers face during snow plow operations.  Commendable job to our hardworking staff within the Department of Public Works!

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