Columbus Snow Policies
Often the Department of Public Works receives phone calls in the winter from residents stating that a plow truck hit their mailbox and knocked it over. In reality, the post that the mailbox is on has rotted away and the weight of the snow coming off the end of the plow blade is enough force to knock it over. If this occurs to your mailbox, you will be left with the responsibility to repair it. When installing a mailbox please follow these guidelines from the United States Postal Service.
- Position your mailbox 41”-45” from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or point of mail entry.
- Place your mailbox 6”-8” back from the curb.
- If you do not have a raised curb, contact your local postmaster for guidance at 800-275-8777.
- Put your house or apartment number on the mailbox.
- If your mailbox is on a different street from your house or apartment, put your full street address on the box. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Sec. 98-79. Winter parking regulations.
(a) It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street or alley in the downtown area of the city between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. after the accumulation of two inches or more of snow (as measured by the weather station at the city wastewater treatment plant), until the street has been completely plowed from curb to curb. For purposes of this paragraph, "downtown area" is defined as follows:
(1) James Street from Dickason Boulevard to Water Street;
(2) Ludington Street from Mill Street to Harrison Street; and
(3) Dickason Boulevard from James Street to Mill Street.
(b) Except as provided for in paragraph (a) above, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street or alley in the city at any time after the accumulation of two inches or more of snow (as measured by the weather station at the city wastewater treatment plant) until after the street has been completely plowed from curb to curb.
(c) Whenever any police officer shall find an unattended vehicle violating the terms of this section, such officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle, at owner's expense, to the nearest garage or other place of safety.
(d) The city shall erect signage at all entryways to the city notifying the public of the provisions of this section. Further, on or before November 1 of each year, the public works manager shall publish notice of winter parking regulations in the official city newspaper.
(e) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this code, any person violating provisions of this section regarding winter parking regulation shall forfeit not more than $25.00.
(Code 1978, § 7.03(3); Ord. No. 665-11, § 1, 9-20-11; Ord. No. 682-12, § 1, 10-16-12; Ord. No. 685-13, § 2, 2-26-13; Ord. No. 712-14, §§ 1—3, 11-3-14; Ord. No. 713-14, §§ 1, 2, 11-21-14)
Sec. 86-226. Sidewalks to be kept clear.
Municipal Code City of Columbus, Wisconsin, Codified through Ord. No. 521-98, enacted March 3, 1998. \ municipal code \ chapter 86 Streets, sidewalks and other public places* \ article vii. Snow and ice removal \ Sec. 86-226. Sidewalks to be kept clear.
•(a) Time limitations. The owner, occupant or person in charge of each residence, building or lot in the city abutting any street right-of-way containing a sidewalk shall clear the sidewalk of snow and ice to the width of the sidewalk within 24 hours after cessation of a snowfall and shall thereafter cause the sidewalk to be kept clear of snow and ice.
(b) Notice. In the event that the public works director or designee observes a sidewalk whose owner, occupant or person in charge has failed to clear the sidewalk of snow and ice within 24 hours after end of snow fall or in the event that the public works director or designee receives a complaint about a sidewalk whose owner, occupant or person in charge has failed to clear the sidewalk of snow and ice within 24 hours after end of snow fall, the public works director or designee shall give written notice to the owner, occupant or person in charge of the property that the ordinance has been violated and that the owner, occupant or person in charge shall clear the sidewalk of snow and ice within 24 hours of date and time of notice. The notice shall also state that in the event the sidewalk is not cleared within the required time period, the public works director or designee shall cause the snow and ice to be removed and the cost thereof, including administrative costs, shall be billed to the property owner as a special charge under Wis. Stats. § 66.0627. Failure to remove snow and ice from a sidewalk pursuant to this ordinance is deemed to be a risk to public safety authorizing abatement as set forth herein.
(c) Other remedies. In addition to remedies set forth in subsection 86-226(b) the city may issue and serve on the owner, occupant, or person in charge of any property who is in violation of the ordinance a municipal citation.
(Code 1978, § 8.06(1); Ord. No. 559-02, § IV, 2-18-03; Ord. No. 568-03, § I, 4-14-03; Ord. No. 641-09, §§ I—V, 1-2-09)