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Snow Removal Reminders

With a storm approaching, it’s time for the annual update to blog readers on what our ordinances say around snow removal responsibilities …

  • Remember, snow and ice must be removed from your sidewalk (if you have one) “within 24 hours of daylight” after the end of a storm, according to Section 12.20 of the municipal code. That means if the snow stops overnight you have 24 hours from the next sunrise to clear public sidewalks.
  • If you don’t comply, according to our code, “the Street Superintendent shall without notice have the ice and snow removed therefrom” … and have the service charged to the homeowner “as a special tax against said lot or parcel of land, and the same shall be collected in all respects like other taxes upon real estate.” (Section 12.26). Please report those who don’t comply with the ordinance to the South Milwaukee Police Department at 768-8060.
  • And, while you’re at it, be careful where you push or blow that snow. Section 12.23 of the code prohibits blowing or throwing snow or ice onto public streets.
  • Also don’t forget to keep your fire hydrants clear of snow.

Stay safe!

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Snow Update: School In Session, No Garbage Pickup On Monday

A few updates on the storm …

  • The winter storm warning continues for a few more hours.
  • City crews were out all day Sunday working on snow removal. To aid in clean up on Monday, garbage collection will be suspended. Monday’s route will be rescheduled to Friday.
  • The South Milwaukee School District says on its Twitter account @SoMilwSchools that classes will be held as scheduled on Monday. The tweet from Sunday evening: “School is open tomorrow. Snow is projected to end tonight and it is predicted to be bright and sunny tomorrow.”

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As The Snow Falls, A Few Reminders

With the first major snow of the season upon us, this is a good opportunity to update blog readers on some key South Milwaukee snow facts.

  • Remember, snow and ice must be removed from your sidewalk (if you have one) “within 24 hours of daylight” after the end of a storm, according to Section 12.20 of the municipal code. That means if the snow stops overnight you have 24 hours from the next sunrise to clear public sidewalks.
  • If you don’t comply, according to our code, “the Street Superintendent shall without notice have the ice and snow removed therefrom” … and have the service charged to the homeowner “as a special tax against said lot or parcel of land, and the same shall be collected in all respects like other taxes upon real estate.” (Section 12.26).
  • And, while you’re at it, be careful where you push or blow that snow. Section 12.23 of the code prohibits blowing or throwing snow or ice onto public streets.
  • As for snow emergencies, they are rare in South Milwaukee, and I’d doubt we declare one this time.
  • Also don’t forget to keep your fire hydrants clear of snow.

Check back to the blog for more information on the storm, and stay safe!

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Beach Warning: Grant Park

I don’t remember seeing these types of warnings issued before from the National Weather Service, but here is the second one in less than two weeks: a “lakeshore hazard message” for beaches along Lake Michigan, with particular concern paid to currents at Grant Park, among others.

Check out the full message here.

The statement is in effect through Monday evening. Stay safe!

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Saturday Night’s Rain

Update: We also had a sewage overflow.

In case you were wondering, we had more than three inches of rain in South Milwaukee on Saturday evening alone.

To be exact, our Wastewater Treatment Plant reported 3.02 inches during 7 and 10 p.m., approximately.

It was among the highest amounts in the area, according to the National Weather Service.

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Storm Damage?

6-30 storm 1 small 6-30 storm 2 smallUpdate: These images were taken near 15th and Drexel this evening.

I’m seeing several reports of downed trees, or at least big tree limbs, on Facebook.

What are you seeing in your neighborhood? Post your comments below!

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The Cost Of Our Harsh Winter

Winter is over. Right? I hope so, because it led to some real costs for the city — and communities across the state.

A couple examples that we discussed at the April 22 South Milwaukee City Council meeting …

  • Water Utility. We had 45 water main breaks between December and March, compared with 22 during the same period last winter. And we had another 15 reports of frozen water lines, compared to none the year before. All in, it’s estimated the winter cost the utility $230,000, compared to $105,000 in 2012-13.
  • Street Department. Costs for snow and ice removal have also been significant. We are already running ahead of our snow and ice removal overtime budget for the year, even though we still have November and December to go in 2014. So let’s hope for a mild start to next winter.

Of course, we are not alone here.

And we may be getting some outside help.

South Milwaukee recently joined other communities in making application with the state to obtain federal disaster status. Gov. Scott Walker recently submitted that paperwork to the federal government, so we’ll see if that leads to any funds coming back to South Milwaukee.

Thankfully, there are still eight months left in 2014. We’ll see where this nets out come Dec. 31.

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