Village of Cottage Grove, WI
Dane County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of Village of Cottage Grove 7-2-1984 as Ch. 8 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 274.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 305.

§ 270-1 Street and sidewalk grades.

A. 
Establishment. The grades of all streets, alleys and sidewalks shall be established and described by the Board and shall be recorded by the Village Clerk in his or her office.
B. 
Required. No street, alley or sidewalk shall be worked until the grade thereof is established.
C. 
Altering prohibited. No person shall alter the grade of any street, alley, sidewalk or public ground, or any part thereof, unless authorized to do so by the Board.

§ 270-2 Construction and repair.

[Amended 10-5-1998; 7-17-2000]
This section applies to existing developments where the developer is no longer financially responsible for improvements. Sections 66.615 and 66.616 of the Wisconsin Statutes,[1] the Village of Cottage Grove Subdivision and Land Division Ordinance and the Village of Cottage Grove Zoning Ordinance shall apply.[2]
A. 
Sidewalks and curb ramps. Assessments will be determined by taking the front footage times the width, times the square foot cost.
(1) 
The Public Works Director, foreman and/or Village Engineer, following the Sidewalk Policy, will determine which sidewalks will be added, repaired and/or replaced staying within the budget.
(2) 
In the case of new sidewalk the cost shall be borne 50% by the abutting property owner and 50% by the Village. The cost of curb ramps shall be borne 100% by the Village.
(3) 
In the case of replacement or repair to existing sidewalk the cost shall be borne at 50% to the abutting property owner and 50% to the Village. The cost of curb ramps shall be borne 100% by the Village. Allowable repairs, at the discretion of the Public Works Director or his or her designee, include:
[Amended 5-9-2007 by Ord. No. 06-2007]
(a) 
Grinding.
(b) 
Mud jacking.
(c) 
Removal and replacement.
(4) 
In the case where the property owner replaces, repairs or puts in new sidewalk, the property owner shall pay 100% of the cost and shall follow the Village sidewalk specifications and sign an agreement to repair sidewalks.
B. 
Curb and gutter. In the case of new curb and gutter the cost shall be borne 100% by the abutting property owner. In the case of replacement or repair to existing curb and gutter the cost shall be borne at 50% to the abutting property owner and 50% to the Village. Assessments will be determined by taking the front footage times the cost per foot.
C. 
Driveway approaches. Driveway approaches in all districts being constructed or reconstructed must meet the grade and construction requirements set forth by the Village Engineer.
(1) 
New construction and reconstruction of drive approaches will be paid 100% by the property owner. If the Village requires replacement due to a street or curb grade change of six inches or more, the Village will pay 100% of the cost.
(2) 
The work will be done totally by the contractor awarded the contract by the Village if the drive approach is being constructed along with roadwork initiated by the Village.
(3) 
The property owner can contract the work as long as the Village does not have plans for street repairs that would affect the drive approach.
(4) 
When work is to be done on a drive approach and it involves the sidewalk area of the approach, the property owner is responsible for 100% of the sidewalk work abutting the approach.
D. 
Street construction, reconstruction and repair. The cost for street reconstruction or repair shall be borne by the Village.
[1]
Editor's Note: Sections 66.615 and 66.616, Wis. Stats., were renumbered ss. 66.0907 and 66.0909, respectively, and amended by 1999 Act 150, ss. 542 and 543, effective 1-1-2001.
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 274, Subdivision of Land, and Ch. 325, Zoning.

§ 270-3 Street excavations.

A. 
Permit. No person shall excavate in any street, alley or public ground without a permit therefor from the Director of Public Works.
B. 
Bond. The required bond shall be a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $10,000. The amount required for the bond shall be determined by the Village Engineer and/or Village Board and is based on the level of excavation to be done.
[Amended 7-17-2000]
C. 
Protection of the public. No permit shall be issued if the method of construction or the location of the work to be performed will impair the public safety and convenience. The permit holder shall erect such barriers, warning lights and signs as will adequately inform the traveling public of the nature and location of the work being performed.
D. 
Repair of street openings. The person to whom a permit is issued under this section shall complete the work involved as soon as possible and shall immediately repair all pavements, gutters and sidewalks in as good condition as before the opening and as may be directed by the Director of Public Works.

§ 270-4 Obstructions and encroachments.

A. 
Prohibited. No person shall encroach upon or 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 or she is the owner or occupant except as provided in Subsection B.
B. 
Exceptions. The prohibitions of Subsection A shall not apply to the following:
(1) 
Signs and clocks attached to buildings which project not more than six feet from the face of such building and which do not extend at any point lower than 10 feet above the sidewalk, street or alley.
(2) 
Awnings which do not extend at any point lower than seven feet above the sidewalk, street or alley.
(3) 
Public utility encroachments authorized by the Village.
(4) 
Goods, wares, merchandise or fixtures being loaded or unloaded which do not extend more than three feet on a sidewalk, provided such goods, wares, etc., do not remain thereon for more than three hours.
(5) 
Building materials when placed upon the street, alley or sidewalk upon conditions prescribed by the Director of Public Works, who may require such materials to be protected by barricades or appropriate lights.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 8.05, Moving buildings, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted 3-19-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2001. See now Ch. 130, Building Construction and Fire Prevention, § 130-10.
(6) 
Items set out on a sidewalk as part of a sale will need a permit issued by the Village Administrator.
[Added 5-9-2007 by Ord. No. 06-2007]

§ 270-5 Snow and ice removal.

A. 
Sidewalks, sidewalk ramps and trails (both bike and pedestrian) are to be kept clear for their entire length and width for each parcel served. The owner or occupant of any lot or parcel shall remove all snow and ice which may have fallen or accumulated upon the sidewalk in front of such lot or parcel within 24 hours of fall or accumulation, including drifting and plowing deposits. When ice is present and it cannot be removed, the owner or occupant shall keep the same sprinkled with a material which will prevent the sidewalk from being dangerous to pedestrians. If the owner or occupant fails to comply with this subsection, the Director of Public Works or his or her designee, without prior notice, shall cause the snow and ice to be removed or sprinkled as required in this subsection, the cost thereof to be assessed against the property as a special tax. The minimum charges for work performed on residential and/or commercial lots are addressed in the Village of Cottage Grove's fee schedule[1] Repeat offenders, all within the same winter season, will be charged double. Rates will be increased if unforeseen circumstances, time or equipment needs arise on either offense.
[Amended 11-15-1999; 5-9-2007 by Ord. No. 06-2007]
[1]
Editor's Note: Fees are now set by resolution of The Village Board. The current fee schedule is on file in the office of the Village Clerk.
B. 
Deposit in streets restricted. No person shall cause to be deposited snow from his or her premises onto the sidewalk abutting thereon or onto any street in the Village without a permit therefor from the Director of Public Works, who may require payment of a fee sufficient to reimburse the Village for the cost of removing any snow so deposited.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 8.07, Street trees, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted 3-19-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2001. See now Ch. 294, Trees and Shrubs.

§ 270-6 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any order, rule or regulation made hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-19 of this Code.