Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 17:50
Village ordinance no longer requires use of ashes, sawdust on walks
During a winter that seems will never end, nobody can predict when the next snowstorm is going to hit, but the Saukville Village Board took steps this week to make it clear what is expected of local property owners when the flakes do pile up.
Trustees approved new, refined wording for the village’s ordinance regulating snow and ice removal.
According to the revamped ordinance, “The owner or person in charge of any building or lot fronting or adjoining any street shall clear or cause to be cleared the sidewalk abutting such building or lot from snow and ice and shall cause the same to be kept clear of snow and ice within 24 hours after such snow or ice has ceased to accumulate, provided that when ice has formed on any sidewalk so that it cannot be removed such person shall apply an abrasive material or salt.”
Although the new ordinance is still cumbersome, officials said the awkward wording keeps it in compliance with statutory requirements.
The Public Safety Committee recommended the ordinance clarification after Police Chief Jeff Goetz said the old ordinance was unclear and often confusing.
The old ordinance made reference to have sidewalks cleared by 10 a.m. of each day, but was less than specific about requirements if a storm is ongoing at mid-morning.
The revised ordinance gives property owners a more specific 24 hours after the end of a storm to clear walks.
Goetz noted the old ordinance also made reference to two outdated approaches to ice control — the sprinkling of ashes or sawdust — along with the more conventional sand.
The new ordinance says ice that cannot be removed from walks is to be treated with “an abrasive material or salt.”
The committee stepped in to polish the corrective wording, taking exception to the suggestion that the shoveling ordinance is in place “to ensure safe traverse.”
That wording was dropped when committee members felt it created a higher liability for the village.
Trustees unanimously approved the revised wording.
Another ordinance, also recommended by the Public Safety Committee, on the use of bow and arrow or crossbow in the village was also approved by trustees.
The ordinance specifies that archers are not allowed to hunt on public property, nor within 100 yards of a residence unless permitted by the property owner.
It further notes that arrows or crossbow bolts may only be fired toward the ground, a trajectory allowed with shooting from a tree stand.
Target practice is allowed on private property and in designated ranges authorized by police.