Chapter 12.08


12.08.010    Placing materials in streets.

12.08.020    Obstructions and encroachments.

12.08.030    Street and sidewalk grades.

12.08.040    Emergency access lanes.

12.08.050    Repealed.

12.08.060    Penalty for violation of this chapter.

12.08.010 Placing materials in streets.

A.    Deposits Unlawful. No person, their agent, employee or contractor shall deposit, cause to be deposited or permit the deposit of any material on any street, alley or pedestrian way in the city without permission of the city engineer.

B.    Deposit Defined. The deposit of material deemed unlawful by this section shall consist of, but not be necessarily limited to, spillage by any means from a container, droppage from any portion of a vehicle or equipment in contact with the road, alley or pedestrian way surface and the deliberate or accidental placing of any material on such surfaces during construction or maintenance procedures.

C.    Materials Defined. Materials deemed unlawful by this section shall consist of any matter foreign to the surface on which it is placed or which has not been placed thereon by direction of the city engineer or which is not placed thereon by action of the elements. These materials may consist of, but are not confined to, earth, stone, masonry materials, snow, ice, vegetable matter or debris of any nature.

D.    Removal Required. Any person depositing or causing to be deposited material on any street, alley or pedestrian way in violation of this section shall remove such material immediately when so ordered by the mayor, the city engineer, public works director, highway superintendent, highway assistant superintendents, or police officer of the city, and without such order, within eight hours of the time of deposit, except for snow and ice which must be removed immediately. (Ord. 2426-15 § 2, 2015: prior code § 8.03)

12.08.020 Obstructions and encroachments.

A.    Obstructions and Encroachments Prohibited. No person shall encroach upon or in any way obstruct or encumber any street, alley, sidewalk, public grounds or land dedicated to public use, or any part thereof, or permit such encroachment or encumbrance to be placed or remain on any public way adjoining the premises of which he is the owner or occupant, except as provided in subsection (B) of this section.

B.    Exceptions. The prohibition of subsection (A) of this section shall not apply to the following:

1.    Signs or clocks attached to buildings which project not more than six feet from the face of such building and which do not extend below any point ten feet above the sidewalk, street or alley, but only after entering into an agreement indemnifying the city and the city authorizes the encroachment. Projecting signs are limited to the village area business and planned development district No. 2 zoning districts;

2.    Awnings which do not extend below any point seven feet above the sidewalk, street or alley;

3.    Public utility encroachments authorized by the city. See Section 17.108.070;

4.    Goods, wares, merchandise or fixtures being loaded or unloaded which do not extend more than three feet on a sidewalk, provided such goods, wares, etc., do not remain thereon for more than three hours;

5.    Goods, wares and merchandise sales in conformance with Section 17.50.030. (Ord. 2607-20 § 3, 2020; Ord. 2327-13 § 1, 2013: prior code § 8.04)

12.08.030 Street and sidewalk grades.

A.    Establishment. The grade of all streets, alleys and sidewalks shall be established and described by the council and recorded by the city clerk in his office. No street, alley or sidewalk shall be worked until the grade thereof is established.

B.    Altering Grade Prohibited. No person shall alter the grade of any street, alley, sidewalk or public ground, or any part thereof, unless authorized or instructed to do so by the council. (Prior code § 8.01)

12.08.040 Emergency access lanes.

A.    All private streets leading to an emergency access lane and all emergency access lanes shall be clearly identified as required by the Wis. Adm. Code COMM Chs. 50 through 64 and shall be kept free of obstructions including, but not limited to, vehicles, equipment, machinery, debris and snow.

B.    Upon notification from the fire department, property owners shall install signage pertaining to emergency access lanes. The signage shall comply with fire department requirements.

C.    The fire department may require one side of private roadways to be posted as no parking areas for the purpose of ensuring emergency vehicle access at all times. (Ord. 1819 § 1 (part), 2001; Prior code § 5.095)

12.08.050 Snow and ice removal.

Repealed by Ord. 2169-09. (Prior code § 8.05)

12.08.060 Penalty for violation of this chapter.

Any person, firm, partnership, or corporation who violates any part of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty and enforcement provisions in Chapter 1.12. (Ord. 2552-19 § 32, 2019)