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Winter Parking Regulations
December 1st through March 31st, parking is not allowed on the streets during the following hours: Monday through Friday from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday & Sunday from 2:30 a.m. until 6 a.m.
Following of Snow Plows
WI Statute Chapter 346.915 prohibits a person operating a vehicle from following an official snowplow, equipped & engaged in snow & ice control/removal, closer than 75 feet when on any roadway having a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. Highways with posted speeds of more than 35 mph require a minimum of 200 feet following distance. It also requires a person operating a vehicle to stop not less than 20 feet from a snowplow at an intersection & to remain stopped until the snowplow resumes motion.
Snow & Ice Removal
The blowing &/or shoveling of snow onto City streets is a violation of the City of Oak Creek Municipal Code & is subject to ticketing. Section 6.24 (c) reads as follows: “Prohibited Placement. No person except the State, County or City shall deposit or cause to be deposited, upon any street, alley, sidewalk, parkway or public land, any snow or ice taken or removed from his premises. No person except State, County or City shall use private or public lands within the City as a place for the disposal or dumping of snow or ice from public or private property or from another municipality except with the permission of the owner. The deposit of any snow or ice upon any street, alley, sidewalk, parkway, or public lands of the City, contrary to the provisions of this Chapter, shall be and is hereby declared to be a nuisance. The City may remove any snow and ice so deposited and cause the costs of such removal to be charged to the owner or occupant of the property from which said snow or ice was removed and illegally deposited, pursuant to Section 66.60(16) WI Statutes.”.
Property owners are also required to keep clear their mailboxes and fire hydrants on their property per Section 6.24 (d) as follows: “Hydrants and Mailboxes. Every property owner or occupant shall keep all fire hydrants and mailboxes abutting his/her property free and clear of all snow and ice.”
Sidewalks are required to be cleared of snow and ice per Section 6.24(a) within 24 hours after such snow or ice has ceased to fall or accumulate.
Policy for Damage to Property Within Street Right-Of-Way Caused By Snow Removal
The City of Oak Creek realizes that during snow plowing operations damage may occur to residential mailboxes and/or support posts. It is therefore prudent to establish a policy for the City to repair or replace mailboxes or to reimburse our citizens for mailboxes damaged by City vehicles. This policy is as follows:
- Once the City is notified of the damaged mailbox &/or post, the City will first attempt to repair the mailbox. If damage is too extensive, the mailbox will be replaced at no cost to the resident with a standard City mailbox. If necessary, the City will drop off a temporary mailbox which will then be picked up once the final repair or replacement has been done.
- The City will replace the mailbox &/or post with a standard 4X4 wood post and a 20.5" x 9" x 7.25" standard size mailbox with a steel latch and aluminum flag, or an all-in-one polyurethane constructed mailbox, dependent on the type of mailbox that was damaged.
- The City will not replace any custom mailboxes. If a resident prefers a custom mailbox, the City will reimburse the resident up to $100 per event for parts only. No labor will be reimbursed.
- The City will make every attempt to repair a damaged “gang” mailbox. If it is not repairable & needs to be replaced, claims for damage to "gang" mailboxes must be made by each property owner to receive reimbursement. Maximum payment will again be $100.00 per event, per property owner but will include only one post reimbursement.
- To qualify for reimbursement, the resident must bring in the damaged parts and paid receipts with an approximate date of damage to the Municipal Services building located at 800 W. Puetz Road.
- City crews shall also install black dirt and seed for any areas of the lawn damaged by plowing, or caused during the repair to the mailbox.
- Damage to other appurtenances installed within the City street right-of-way (i.e. walls, planters, sprinkler heads, etc.) will not be considered for cost of replacement.
If you have any additional questions, call the Department of Public Works at (414) 570-5682.