Establishment. The grade of all streets, alleys and sidewalks shall be established by the Common Council and shall be recorded in the office of the Clerk. No street, alley or sidewalk shall be worked until the grade thereof is established. The grades of all streets having curb and gutter on the effective date of this Municipal Code are established at the levels then existing.
[Amended 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 9-00]
Altering grade prohibited. No person shall alter the grade of any street, alley, sidewalk or public ground or any part thereof unless authorized and instructed to do so by the Common Council.
[Amended by Ord. No. 9-84]
Permit required. No person, except Public Works Department employees, shall open or break the surface of any street, curb and gutter or sidewalk in the City without first securing a permit. However, surfaces may be broken prior to receiving a permit when emergency repairs are necessary for sewer, water or utility installations during hours when the City offices are not open, but in such cases application shall be made on the first working day after such emergency repairs are made. This restriction applies to all streets, whether surfaced with concrete, brick, blacktop, tar, gravel or dirt.
Application for permit. Applications for permits required by Subsection A shall be filed with the Public Works Department on forms furnished. Information to be provided is the location of the proposed break, the approximate extent thereof and the purpose. In the event that the applicant fails to repair the opening or break within five days after such break is made, unless the time for repair has been extended by the Public Works Superintendent for good cause shown, the City may repair the break or opening, with the entire cost of such repair being charged to the property owner as a special assessment. The Public Works Department shall provide the applicant with construction standards, and any applicant shall do such repairs in a good and workmanlike manner and shall warrant the same for a period of one year.
[Amended by Ord. No. 18-86]
Permits. Permits necessary for the prosecution of the work shall be secured from the City by the contractor. When required, the owner or contractor shall obtain permits from proper agencies for crossing highways and railroads.
Existing underground utilities. The contractor shall notify the City, telephone and power companies and others who maintain underground utilities sufficiently in advance of the proposed construction so that they may locate, uncover or disclose such work.
Maintenance of traffic. When traffic cannot be diverted, the contractor shall, at his own expense, erect and maintain warnings signs and a warning barricade at each end of the construction operations. The contractor shall, at his own expense, place and maintain not fewer than two torches or acceptable warning lights at each end of these barricades.
Removal of pavement and street surface. In hot mix or cold mix bituminous heavy-oil-treated surfaces or concrete pavements the contractor shall saw cut through the pavement or street surface around the perimeter of the excavation.
Excavation. All materials removed from the trench not suitable for backfill shall be removed from the site. The trench shall be so braced and drained that workmen may work safely therein. Bracing and sheeting shall be put in place and maintained as required to support the sides of the excavation and to prevent any movement which may in any way endanger personnel or be hazardous to nearby traffic. It shall be the contractor's responsibility and duty to be familiar with local and state ordinances related to this type of work and with safety regulations established by the State of Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Job Development.
[Amended 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 9-00]
Backfill procedure at pipe zone. Select backfill material free from rock or boulder or debris and organic substances shall be deposited in the trench simultaneously on both sides of the pipe for the full width of the trench and to an elevation of at least six inches above the top of the pipe. The backfill material shall be tamped in four-inch layers and thoroughly compacted under and on each side of the pipe to provide solid backing against the external surface of the pipe.
Backfill procedure above pipe zone. Backfill shall be free from pieces of rock, concrete or clay lump more than 1/3 cubic foot in volume, roots, stumps, tin cans, rubbish, frozen materials, organic materials or any similar materials whose presence in the backfill would cause excessive settlement. Backfilling shall be placed in uniform layers of six-inch depth and thoroughly compacted by mechanical means before each succeeding layer is placed.
Backfill under curbs and sidewalks. All backfill under curbs and sidewalks shall be placed in the same manner as that in the trench [Subsection G(2) above], except that immediately under the curb and sidewalk backfill material shall be thoroughly tamped by hand if not accessible by mechanical compactors.
Replacement of pavement or street surface. All bituminous pavements (hot or cold mix) shall be replaced with hot mix bituminous. Concrete pavements shall be replaced with air-entrained concrete of a minimum compressive strength of 3,750 pounds per square inch at 28 days. Oil-coasted street surfaces may be replaced with cold or hot mix bituminous.
Sewer service connection; wye branches. Horizontal wye branches shall be placed so that the connection has a slight vertical angle with the main sewer. They shall be placed when possible so that the top of the barrel of the wye branch is at least as high as the top of the barrel of the main. The connection shall be made with a smooth inner surface in order not to interfere with flow through the main. The connection shall be rigid and watertight.
Every owner of land abutting on any street in which sanitary sewer or water mains, or both, have been laid shall, prior to installation of a concrete, blacktop or other permanent-type surface on any street, provide, at his own expense, a connection from such mains to the lot line for each platted or unplatted lot as set forth in Subsection C.
No plans for installation of sanitary sewer or water mains in any street shall be approved unless such plans include provisions for connection to each abutting property site.
For purposes of this section, each platted lot and each 60 feet of abutting frontage of unplatted land shall be considered a separate building site, unless the Council shall find that, because of the nature of the terrain, division of ownership, existing building or other reasons, a platted lot of such unplatted frontage does not in fact constitute a building site.
No plans for construction of a concrete, blacktop or other permanent-type surface on any street shall be approved unless such plans include provisions for the installation of curb and gutters to be installed at the expense of the abutting property owners, unless curb and gutters have previously been constructed on that portion of the street abutting on the proposed permanent-type street surface.
No street upon which concrete, blacktop or other permanent-type surface has been placed shall be broken or cut into, except in an emergency, for 10 years from the date of final installation of such surfacing. Thereafter such streets may be broken or cut into only upon written permission of the Council.
[Amended by Ord. No. 21-83]
Original construction. The total cost of all work involved in the original construction of curb and gutter shall be assessed in its entirety.
Replacement. When curb and gutter replacements are necessary, a percentage of the cost shall be borne by the property owner, but in no event shall it exceed the cost for new construction of curbs and gutters, unless benefits accruing to the property are greater than the cost of new construction of curb and gutter.
Obstructions and encroachments prohibited. No person shall encroach upon, obstruct or encumber any street, alley, sidewalk, public grounds or land dedicated to public use, or any part thereof, or permit such encroachment or encumbrance to be placed or remain on any public way adjoining the premises of which he is the owner or occupant, except as provided in Subsection B. Obstruction shall include, but not be limited to, obstructions by any type of structure or sign, or a person or group of persons.
[Amended 10-21-2002 by Ord. No. 17-02]
Exceptions. The prohibition of Subsection A shall not apply to the following:
Signs or clocks attached to buildings which project not more than six feet from the face of such building and which do not extend below any point 10 feet above the sidewalk, street or alley.
Awnings which do not extend below any point seven feet above the sidewalk, street or alley.
Public utility encroachments duly authorized by state law or by the Common Council.
Goods, wares, merchandise or fixtures being loaded or unloaded which do not extend more than three feet on the sidewalk, provided that such goods, wares, etc., do not remain thereon for a period of more than two hours.
Temporary encroachments or obstructions authorized by a permit granted pursuant to W.S.A. s. 66.045.
Parades, runs, marathons, bicycle races, etc., using the streets, sidewalks or alleys upon permit issued by the Council as provided in Article II or, if applicable, upon special event permit issued by the Council as provided in Hudson City Code Chapter 150. The Chief of Police shall set the parade routes.
Dumpsters. No person shall place or park any dumpster used for collection of trash or rubbish on any street, roadway, alleyway or other public place or area unless equipped as follows:
[Added by Ord. No. 39-94]
Each end of the dumpster shall exhibit a reflective sign of not less than 48 square inches which shall be placed at least four feet above the roadway surface.
Each dumpster unit shall have affixed to it the name, address and telephone number of the owner.
No dumpster shall be placed upon any street or alleyway unless such dumpster is placed upon wooden planking or other similar material sufficient to protect the roadway surface.
Placement of dumpsters. The following regulations shall apply to placement of dumpsters:
[Added by Ord. No. 18-95]
Dumpsters used for demolition or construction debris may be allowed on a public street or alleyway only if there is no other on-site space available.
Any person placing a dumpster on any street, alleyway or other public place shall first obtain a permit from the Police Department. The fee for a permit shall be $25 per week.
The City may allow longer term placement of dumpsters on City property than that contemplated in § 212-6D(3) where it can be done without compromising public health, safety, and welfare. Such placement shall be governed by contract between the City and the private property owner. Said contracts shall address items such as: liability insurance, safety considerations regarding placement of the dumpster, compensation to the City, and any other provisions that are necessary to address the circumstances of the situation. The Police Department shall review the proposed location and make recommendations regarding safety considerations. The City may establish a fee schedule for placing dumpsters on City property pursuant to this section. The Common Council may periodically review and amend such fees by motion as it deems appropriate.
[Added 5-21-2007 by Ord. No. 7-07]
No person shall deposit or permit to be deposited upon any street, alley or public place within the City any glass, nails, tacks, metal objects, ashes, sand, stone or other rubbish or refuse, including lawn clippings, leaves or branches, and no person shall have any such materials on the City streets except in a vehicle enclosed so as to prevent such material from being dropped. Nothing herein shall prohibit the use of sand or other abrasive materials on snowy or icy sidewalks as provided in § 212-9.
No person shall move or cause to be moved a building in or along any street in the City without obtaining a permit therefor from the Public Works Superintendent, who shall issue such permit upon such terms as he may deem reasonably necessary to protect the City users of the street and abutting property owners from loss or damage and to protect the public easement in the street. The person to whom the permit is granted shall cause such building to be properly protected by warning lights so as to warn all users of the street of the existence of such building. Such moving shall be completed within a reasonable time, not exceeding 10 days, and the Public Works Superintendent may require that such moving be carried out continuously.
[Amended by Ord. No. 9-95]
Sidewalks to be kept clear. The owner or occupant of any lot or parcel shall, within 24 hours after cessation of each continuous period of snowfall, remove all snow and ice which may have fallen or accumulated upon the sidewalk(s) abutting such lot or parcel, provided that when ice or packed snow has so formed that it cannot be removed, the owner or occupant shall keep the same sprinkled with a nonskid material which will prevent the sidewalk from being dangerous to pedestrians.
[Amended 3-16-2009 by Ord. No. 4-09; 1-25-2016 by Ord. No. 2-16]
If the owner or occupant fails to comply with this subsection, the City shall cause the snow or ice to be removed or sprinkled as required in this subsection, the cost thereof to be charged to the owner of the property, who will be billed for such services within 30 calendar days. The owner of the property shall pay all charges so billed within 30 calendar days of the date of the invoice.
Failure to compensate the City within 30 calendar days of the date of the invoice will result in a penalty of 12% per annum being added to the cost of the services billed. Failure to pay the City for the services billed will result in the costs being assessed against the property as a special tax, and all costs delinquent from the previous winter will be entered upon the tax roll each December 1.
Deposits of snow restricted. Excepting the clearing of snow from sidewalks or entries located upon a public right-of-way, no person shall cause snow to be deposited on boulevards, sidewalks, streets or avenues or any other City-owned property without permission therefor from the City. Payment of a fee sufficient to reimburse the City for the cost of removing any snow so deposited without permission may be required.
Depositing of snow on private property. All snow from private property (driveways or parking lots) shall be either deposited on the originating owner's property or hauled away by the owner or his agent. Property owners shall not place their snow on other property without permission from the owner of the other property.
[Added by Ord. No. 11-82]
The Common Council, upon petition and as authorized by W.S.A. s. 66.296, may discontinue in whole or in part any road, street, slip, lane or alley located in the City. All petitions for discontinuance of any road, street, slip, lane or alley shall be accompanied by a filing fee of $75.
[Added by Ord. No. 37-87]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or ride a skateboard, roller skates, roller skis, roller blades or play vehicle, as defined in W.S.A. s. 340.01, in any of the following places:
Operators or riders of skateboards, roller skates, roller skis, roller blades or play vehicles shall yield the right of way to other pedestrians using the City sidewalks and shall not otherwise endanger or interfere with pedestrian traffic on those sidewalks.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle on any sidewalk in the Central Business District.
[Added by Ord. No. 29-91]
In-line skates. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate in-line skates in any of the following places:
[Added by Ord. No. 24-94]
On any sidewalk or street defined as the Central Business District.
In any public parking lot.
On any public property where signs prohibit such use.
On any private property unless permission has been received from the owner, lessee or person in charge of that property.
On any of the following streets:
First Street from Vine to Buckeye Street.
Third Street Hill.
Sixth Street between Walnut and Wisconsin Street.
Seventh Street between Vine and Wisconsin Street.
Ninth Street between Vine and Wisconsin Street.
Crest View Drive.
St. Croix Street.
Rules for in-line skate usage. All persons using in-line skates shall be in single file when on a street and shall ride in a careful and prudent manner and with due regard under the circumstances for the safety of all persons using the roadway. In-line skate users will be required to stop at all stop signs.
Central Business District defined. For purposes of this section, the Central Business District shall be defined as the area from Vine Street to Coulee Road and from First Street to Third Street, including said streets.
[Added by Ord. No. 24-94]