All sidewalks adjacent to private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The City’s responsibility is to plow the streets and keep them open to traffic. Due to the location of some sidewalks and the volume of snow being moved off of the streets, there may be occurrences when plowing operations may deposit significant amounts of snow onto the sidewalks. When this occurs, it is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to remove all snow from the sidewalk. All complaint calls about private sidewalks not being cleared will be routed to the Street Division for complaint follow-up and code enforcement in accordance with Marshfield Municipal Code Sec. 13-35(1).
Priorities for snow and ice
In order to make the most efficient use of available resources, we have established priorities using the assumption that the severity of a storm is not beyond the normal capabilities of the City’s snow removal resources. Depending on the nature of the snowstorm, deviations could occur. The established priorities are as follows:
- Priority 1 - Primary Streets (Arterials) and hills
- Priority 2 - Secondary Streets (Collectors)
- Priority 3 - Public Parking Lots (Downtown District)
- Priority 4 - All other Residential Streets (Locals) including Cul-de-Sacs & Alleys
The City’s goal is to maintain the roads in as good winter driving conditions as weather, equipment and budget allow. This does not mean bare/dry pavement should be expected after each snowfall or ice storm. Furthermore, this does not mean the roads will be free of ice and snow.
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