The Clerk’s Office has received complaints regarding treacherous sidewalks.  Please remember that we have many residents and visitors who walk our sidewalks on a daily basis. It is a property owner’s responsibility to keep all sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that all may use the sidewalks without fear of slipping. Please check your sidewalks periodically for snow, slush, and ice.  Property owners who own corner lots must be sure to clear out the entire width of the corner access to crosswalks. A small path through is not sufficient, especially for those using wheelchairs, power scooters, or strollers.

According to section 10.03 of the Village of Elkhart Lake Code:

  • The owner, occupant or person in charge of each and every building or structure or unoccupied lot in the Village fronting or abutting any street, shall clean or cause to be cleaned the sidewalk in front of or adjoining each such home, building or unoccupied lot as the case may be, of snow or ice to the width of such sidewalk within 14 hours of any snowfall, within any 24-hour period.
  • No person, firm, company or corporation shall push, place, shovel or blow snow or ice into or across Village streets, alleys, or around or against water hydrants.
  • As to (1) above, the Village may remove the snow or ice accumulated in violation of this section and charge the reasonable cost of the same against the owner of the property affected by placing it on the tax roll; or as to (1) above and as to (2) above, any person or persons found to be in violation of this section, upon conviction thereof, shall forfeit not less than $1.00 nor more than $50.00, together with costs of prosecution.

You will not be notified that snow needs to be removed. If you have not shoveled in the time prescribed in ordinance 10.03, the Village will clear your sidewalk and bill you.  Also, the entire sidewalk must be cleared. A small path is not sufficient and you will be in violation of the Village ordinance.