City of Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County
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[Adopted as Article 531 of the Codified Ordinances]

§ 262-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, certain terms are defined as follows:
CHAINS
At least six cross chains per driving wheel.
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
The Chief of Police or his designated agent (hereinafter referred to as "Coordinator").
SNOW
Any precipitation depositing any accumulation on the streets and sidewalks, such as snow, sleet, hail, ice and freezing rain.
SNOW EMERGENCY
A state of highway conditions that are hazardous and dangerous to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, as declared by the Coordinator.
SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES
All streets in the City so designated and marked.
SNOW REMOVAL STREETS
All streets in the City so designated and marked.
SNOW TIRES
Tires on driving wheels having treads designated for use in snow, which tires must be in such condition as to serve the purpose for which they are designed.
VEHICLES
All self-propelled motorized vehicles using City streets and highways.

§ 262-2 When regulations effective.

The Coordinator is authorized to declare these snow emergency regulations to be in effect:
A. 
While snow is falling within the City;
B. 
Whenever there is a covering or coating of newly fallen snow upon some or all of the streets, highways and sidewalks of the City; or
C. 
Whenever the Coordinator receives from a recognized weather forecasting service a firm forecast of snow.

§ 262-3 Notice of declaration of snow emergency and termination.

A. 
The Coordinator shall inform the public of a snow emergency and the effective time thereof by issuing press releases to local radio, television and news services.
B. 
The snow emergency shall continue in full force and effect until the Coordinator declares it to be over in the same manner it was declared.

§ 262-4 Designation and marking of streets.

A. 
The Traffic Commission shall, by regulation, designate:
(1) 
Streets which are heavily traveled and are necessary thoroughfares for the movement of vehicular traffic through the City as snow emergency routes; and
(2) 
All streets of the City of Lancaster as snow removal streets when so designated by the Coordinator or his/her designee.
[Amended 6-11-1996 by Ord. No. 3-1996]
B. 
All streets designated as snow emergency routes shall be posted with suitable signs or markers at intervals not exceeding 600 feet, which signs shall bear the words "Snow Emergency Route."
C. 
All snow removal streets shall be posted with suitable signs or markers at intervals not exceeding 600 feet, which signs shall bear the words "Snow Removal Street."

§ 262-5 Parking and traffic restrictions and prohibitions; resumption of parking.

A. 
Beginning one hour after the effective time that a snow emergency has been declared:
(1) 
No vehicle shall be parked on a snow removal street or on a snow emergency route.
(2) 
No person shall operate any vehicle on a snow removal street or a snow emergency route in such manner or in such condition as to allow or permit such vehicle to become stalled or incapable of moving under its own power, either by reason of the fact that the driving wheels of such vehicle are not equipped with chains or snow tires, or by reason of the fact that the motor fuel supply of such vehicle has been allowed to become exhausted.
B. 
The prohibition of parking shall remain in effect:
(1) 
On snow removal streets until the Coordinator announces the termination of the snow emergency, in part or in whole, or until the roadway of an entire block of the snow removal street is substantially clear of snow from curb to curb, whichever first occurs, after which the parking of vehicles is authorized at those times when parking is normally permitted on such streets.
(2) 
On snow emergency routes until the roadway of an entire block of a snow emergency route is plowed, after which the parking of vehicles is authorized at those times when parking is normally permitted on such streets.

§ 262-6 Snow removal.

[Amended 2-12-2002 by Ord. No. 3-2002]
A. 
On snow removal streets, no owner of any property fronting or adjoining upon any street in the City which is designated as a snow removal street shall allow or permit any snow to be or remain upon the sidewalks, in front of or adjoining such property, for a period longer than five hours after the snow which is the cause thereof has ceased to fall or to be formed or after the same has been deposited thereon in any manner. However, if the snow shall have ceased to fall between dusk and dawn, the same shall be cleared or removed before 10:00 a.m. of the following forenoon.
B. 
On snow emergency routes, the general provisions of § 262-8 shall apply.
C. 
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent such owner, by lease or otherwise, from delegating to a tenant or occupant the duties and liabilities hereby imposed, but such delegation shall not relieve the owner of his/her primary duties and liabilities hereunder.

§ 262-7 Violations and penalties.

Any person violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $25 for the first offense and not more than $50 for each and every offense thereafter, together with costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof shall be imprisoned for not more than 10 days. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense.