Snow clearing from Sidewalks

The snow just stopped falling; how long do I have to clear my sidewalk?

Snow and ice must be removed from all sidewalks within 48 hours after a winter storm ends in accordance with Section 22.18 of the Municipal Code.  In the event that adverse weather conditions should prevail beyond the 48 hour snow removal period, the Director of Public Works shall have the authority to waive and/or extend the deadline to compensate for unusual or harsh weather conditions.

My sidewalk is covered in ice; what do I do?

In case the snow and ice on the sidewalk shall be frozen so hard that it cannot be removed, you should throw sand, salt or other suitable material across the icy walk as often as necessary to decrease the hazard and then thoroughly clean as soon as weather permits. 

What happens if I don't get my sidewalk cleared within 48 hours?

If sidewalks, which include handicap ramps and corner walkways, are not kept clean, the City has the option of removing the snow and ice and billing the abutting property owner.

How do I report sidewalks that I feel are unsafe?

If you see a location that has not been cleared 48 hours after the event, you can report the exact address to us by calling (920) 339-4060.

Snow clearing from City Streets

When will my street be plowed?

Not all streets will be plowed after each snowfall. Each snowfall is different and has extenuating circumstances that are taken into account including the type of street, time of year, temperatures before/during/after storm event, type of precipitation (dry, wet, sleet, drifting), wind, city events planned, whether schools are in sessions or on break, and many more. The City of De Pere strives to incorporate best management practices in all that we do.  The best management practice for snow and ice removal is not plowing every street for every snow event.  Doing so incurs more costs, environmental impact with chlorides, and more wear and tear on equipment and city streets. Our team uses their knowledge and experience to make the best decision for the community relating to snow plowing.

My street wasn't plowed during the last snowfall, how come?

The current policy calls for the city to plow the residential streets within the city upon the accumulation of 3” of snow.  The City however, will treat the designated primary streets much earlier in the storm event in order to ensure safe winter driving conditions.  The designated primary streets typically carry 80% of the vehicle traffic. On events where we do not plow the entire City, staff will salt treat the hills, curves and intersections of residential streets during a smaller event in order to assist with stopping, turning and starting at these intersections. This means you may need to drive through one or two unplowed streets to get to one that has been cleared but staff has treated problem areas. Staff may make a call to plow 2.5” due to one or more of the factors listed above as it is deemed the best management practice given the weather event.  We also may not plow at 3.5” based on any of those factors above.  With winter weather, no two weather events are the same and with that we can’t have a cookie cutter plan.

How do I report icy roads and intersections?

You can call our office at (920) 339-4060 and report the location of concern.

City of De Pere Policy and Procedure

Sidewalk Clearing Video