Appleton will consider grace period for shoveling over holidays

Homeowners that fail to shovel sidewalks within 36 hours of snowfall in Appleton can face the cost the city pays to clear the way, but an alderman wants to loosen the rules during the holidays.shoveling

Alderman Kyle Lobner introduced a rule change Wednesday that would lengthen the time window to 72 hours after snowfall for the week of Thanksgiving and between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1.

Lobner says holiday schedules make it difficult for property owners to make alternate snow removal arrangements during that time.

Last winter, Appleton billed more than 70 jobs for $6,120. It charges $75 for the first 100 feet of sidewalk and 40 cents for every foot after that.

In 2010-2011, a particularly heavy snowfall year, Appleton billed 353 jobs and $31,864 to property owners.

The idea will be heard by the Municipal Services Committee at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

— Nick Penzenstadler: 920-996-7226, or npenzenstadler@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @npenzenstadler

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