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Snow falls lead to increase in city bills to shovel sidewalks

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - This winter has packed a punch, but so has the city's warning to shovel the snow.

So far this winter, Eau Claire has billed more than 30 property owners after the city came to clear the sidewalk.  That's about the same number of bills from all of last winter. 

The city requires you to clear your sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall. 

The next step is a warning letter.  The property owner then has five days to remove the snow before the city steps in.

"When we have to go shovel or clear off their sidewalk we're talking a way a service where we could be working on our streets and our city-owned sidewalks," said Street Maintenance Manager Steve Thompson.

So far this winter, the city has sent out more than 325 warning letters.  The city says the most complaints come from student housing areas.

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