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The Department of Public Works is determined to provide residents with improved snow removal. That means snowplows would clear residential streets more often and would begin plowing at accumulations of 2 inches of snow instead of 4 inches of snow.
Improved service can only be achieved through a true partnership between RESIDENTS and the CITY. The City has invested in larger, more efficient snow removal equipment that will clear most residential street with just 2 passes.
All residents need to participate by moving their vehicles off the street during snow removal operations. The City Council has amended Chapter 114 of the Municipal Code regarding citywide snow removal which states: “No parking will be allowed on residential streets during snow removal operations.”
For neighborhoods with limited amounts of off-street parking; the Council has established Odd/Even Side Snow Parking Zones. Signage for five specific neighborhoods has been posted.
City Council specified that only Parking Warnings would be issued by the Police Department during the first two snow events. The warning period ended January 31, 2013. Vehicles parked on the street will receive a $35 fine and may be subject to towing. Tickets can be appealed using the Parking Ticket Appeal process.
Our experience has shown an estimated 33% reduction in plow times when off-street parking is enforced. Clearing streets curb to curb results in better quality snow removal with less rework required after parked cars are moved. Timely plowing also minimizes the quantity of residual ice and snow on the roadway that results when compaction occurs because plowing is delayed. Residual snow and ice, in turn, can require the application of salt at an additional cost to promote melting.