Seasonal Issues

Village Mowing Program & Recommendations

 

Noxious Weeds

The following is an excerpt of section 10.03 (6) (a) of the Village of Oregon Municipal Code.

 

All noxious weeds and other rank growth of vegetation.  All weeds and grass shall be kept cut to a height not to exceed one (1) foot. The Village may cause all weeds and grass not conforming to be cut and removed and brush to be removed and the cost thereof charged to the property under section 66.0627, Wis. Stats.


Outdoor and Open Burning

Outdoor and open burning are prohibited in the Village of Oregon.

 

The Oregon Area Fire District may be reached at 835.5587. Or check them out on the web at http://www.oregonareafireems.org.


Winter Weather Related Items of Interest Snow Emergency Declaration

A snow emergency may be declared by the Chief of Police in the event of an anticipated or actual snow accumulation of 3 inches or more.

 

When a snow emergency has been declared, no vehicle of any kind may be parked on any village street or roadway. Vehicle left on the roadway are subject to being towed at the owner's expense.

 

When a snow emergency has been declared, the police department will disseminate this information by means of local media outlets including radio and television. In the event of a significant snowfall, village residents should be diligent in listening for this type of information.

 

Snow and Ice Removal

The Village of Oregon Public Works Department follows the Snow and Ice Control Program put in place by the Oregon Village Board. The program designates certain areas, streets, sidewalks, alleys, parking lots, etc. into classes. These classes are ranked by their priority and snow removal is in class order.

 

The Public Works Department strives to plow and remove the snow from the designated routes and areas as efficiently and safely as possible. When there is a significant amount of snowfall the snow removal process takes longer. During heavy snowfall events the crews will typically pass through an area twice, clearing a drive path first, followed with final plowing and clean-up later. Here are some tips to follow to help the snow removal crews get your streets done more efficiently:

  • Park your vehicle in your driveway (especially in the cul-de-sac areas)
  • Pushing and blowing snow into streets and pedestrian areas as well as pushing snow across streets and piling in public right of ways is prohibited
  • Do not stop or flag down Village plow trucks during snow removal
  • Obey snow emergency rules and regulations
  • Obey parking signage and alternate side parking ordinances
  • Do not put trash & recycling receptacles in the road (place in your driveway or the terrace area)
  • No perpendicular parking on cul-de-sacs

 

Click here to view the Snow & Ice Control Program

 

The following is an excerpt of Section 8.07 of the Village of Oregon Municipal Code.

 

Sidewalks To Be Kept Clear

The occupant or owner of any lot or parcel abutting on a public sidewalk shall remove from the entire width of the sidewalk and handicap ramps of all snow, dirt, rubbish or refuse matter, and sprinkle ice with a material to prevent slipping within 24 hours following the end of the snowfall. If the occupant or owner fails to comply with this section, the street superintendent shall cause the snow or ice to be removed or sprinkled as required in this section and the cost thereof assessed against the property as a special assessment.

 

Streets, Sidewalks, & Gutters

The owner occupant or person in charge of each building, structure or unoccupied lot in the Village fronting or abutting a street shall remove snow and ice from the sidewalk, including handicap ramps adjacent to such building, structure or unoccupied lot as well as any fire hydrant upon or directly adjacent to the property to a point no higher than four (4) inches below the lowest outlet. The snow and/or ice must be removed from the entire width of the sidewalk and handicap ramps and from fire hydrants within 24 hours following the end of the snowfall. If ice cannot be removed immediately, it shall be sprinkled with salt, sand or combination thereof until it can be removed.

 

Snow Not to Be Deposited in The Streets

No snow or ice removed from private property shall be deposited in the public ways in areas expected to be cleared by the Village. This would include, but would not be limited to, pushing snow or ice across a public roadway or sidewalk; pushing or carrying and depositing snow or ice on a public way expected to be maintained for pedestrian or vehicular traffic; and the blowing or throwing of snow and ice onto a pedestrian or vehicular area. Violation of any of these provisions may result in a municipal forfeiture action against the property owner or occupant initiated by citation, punishable by a forfeiture of $25.00 per day plus court costs. Each day may be considered a separate violation. If the occupant or owner does not comply with this section, the street superintendent may cause the work to be done and the expense reported to the Village Clerk who shall annually enter such expense on the tax roll as a special assessment against the lot or parcel of land.