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City leaders hire firm to ensure people shovel La Crosse sidewalks

Snow shovel (courtesy of FOX 11).
Snow shovel (courtesy of FOX 11).

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - In La Crosse, a private contractor will look for neighborhoods where people don't shovel their sidewalks like they're supposed to.

The city's Board of Public Works has agreed to let the firm of Midwest Roll Off go through the city 24 hours after a snowstorm, to see how many folks followed the shoveling requirement.

In reality, La Crosse engineering assistant Doug Kerns says the city hopes sidewalks can be cleared in three to four days after a storm.

In recent years, it took city staffers up to a week to check for problem areas. That's because of a lack of staff resources.

With many homeowners waiting a week to shovel, Kerns says it causes real problems for the elderly, disabled, and others to walk around town.

Midwest Roll Off has been clearing snow in La Crosse for the last three winters -- and for the first time, they'll have the authority to identify problem areas.

Those not shoveling in a reasonable time will pay to have the contractor do it. The charge is $50 plus $2.50 a foot.