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La Crosse reminds homeowners to shovel their walks, to avoid a bill

Brad Williams

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Some homeowners in La Crosse may have skipped shoveling snow this week because of the very cold weather.  But the lack of shoveling may come back to bite them, in the form of a bill from the city. 

One homeowner complained to the La Crosse board of public works on Monday that he was over-charged when the city shoveled snow at a house he lives in part-time on Denton Street.  The man says he didn’t want to impose on his neighbors to shovel for him all winter. 

Board member Gary Padesky argued that the city’s policy on keeping sidewalks clear seems inconsistent, when he sees unshoveled walks on blocks where others have cleared away snow.    

When the homeowner brought photos showing that some of his walk apparently had not been snowed on at all, the board reduced the amount of shoveling he was charged for, from 46 feet to just 30 feet.            

   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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