[CC 1979 §16-136; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this Chapter:
- SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTE
- Those streets marked as such in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.
- SNOW TIRES
- Any tires mounted on drive wheels of motor vehicles which are especially designed to give effective traction on snow, mud or ice-covered streets by means of extra heavy-duty treads with specifically high-traction patterns, including radial tires, except that no tire so defined shall be construed to be a snow tire which is damaged or worn to the extent that its performance would be substantially impaired.
- STUDDED TIRES
- Any tires mounted on drive wheels of motor vehicles which are especially designed to give effective traction on snow, mud or ice-covered streets by means of metal studs spaced as to give high-traction patterns except that no tire so defined shall be construed to be a studded tire which is damaged or worn to the extent that its performance would be substantially impaired.
- TIRE CHAINS
- Any metal chains mounted on drive wheel tires of motor vehicles which cross the tread of each such tire laterally in at least three (3) different places.
[CC 1979 §16-137; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981; Ord. No. 04-1496 §1, 4-19-2004]
It shall be unlawful to park, stop or stand a motor vehicle on any posted snow route of the City when there has been an accumulation of snow of one (1) inch or more or an accumulation of ice of one-quarter (¼) inch or more, for a period of time, in each instance, of one (1) hour or more. The accumulation of snow or ice hereunder shall be as measured and determined by the Public Works Supervisor on duty at the time of such snowfall/icefall.
Once in effect, a prohibition under this Section shall remain in effect until the streets have been completely cleared of the snow and/or ice by snow removal equipment.
[CC 1979 §16-138; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
No person operating a motor vehicle on a snow route on which there is a covering of snow, sleet or ice shall allow such vehicle to become stalled wholly or partly because the drive wheels thereof are not equipped with effective tires, chains, snow tires, radial tires or studded tires.
No person operating a motor vehicle on part of a snow route on which there is a covering of snow, sleet or ice or on which there is a parking prohibition in effect, shall allow such vehicle to become stalled because the motor fuel supply is exhausted or the battery has become inoperative.
[CC 1979 §16-139; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
Whenever a vehicle becomes stalled for any reason, whether or not in violation of this Chapter, on any part of a snow route on which there is a covering of snow, sleet or ice, or on which there is a parking prohibition in effect, the person operating such vehicle shall take immediate action to have their vehicle towed or otherwise removed from the roadway of such snow route. No person shall abandon or leave his vehicle in the roadway of a snow route regardless of whether he indicates, by raising the hood or otherwise, that the vehicle is stalled.
[CC 1979 §16-140; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
Whenever all of the conditions which give rise to a parking prohibition in effect pursuant to this Chapter no longer exist, the prohibition shall be terminated.
[CC 1979 §16-141; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
Any provision of this Chapter which becomes effective upon the occurrence of certain weather conditions shall, while temporarily in effect, take precedence over other conflicting provisions of law normally in effect, except that it shall not take precedence over provisions of law relating to traffic accidents, emergency travel of authorized emergency vehicles, or emergency traffic directions of a Police Officer.
[CC 1979 §16-142; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
On each street designated by this Chapter as a snow route, there shall be posted special signs at intervals indicating that this is a snow route. These signs shall be distinctive and uniform in appearance and shall be plainly readable to persons traveling on the street or highway.
[CC 1979 §16-143; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
Whenever any vehicle shall be found parked or abandoned on a snow route in violation of this Chapter, such vehicle may be removed and conveyed by means of towing and impounding the same or by towing or otherwise removing to the nearest available space which would not adversely affect the flow of traffic. This provision expressly permits the towing of vehicles to private storage lots should such towing be determined appropriate by the City. In the event that a motor vehicle is towed to a private storage lot, the owner of such motor vehicle shall be responsible for all storage and towing costs, together with any other fines and costs set forth herein.
[CC 1979 §16-144; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
No person shall deposit, or cause to be deposited, any snow and/or ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk, street, or loading and unloading areas of a public transportation system, except that snow and ice may be windrowed on public roads incident to the cleaning thereof or windrowed on curbs incident to the cleaning of sidewalks in business districts.
[CC 1979 §16-145; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
No person shall impede or interfere in any way with a snowplow or other snow removal vehicle while such snowplow or other snow removal vehicle is in operation on City streets.
[CC 1979 §16-146; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
Whenever any vehicle shall be found illegally parked or abandoned in violation of this Chapter, the police shall notify the owner or driver of such vehicle by handing to him or affixing on the vehicle a parking violation summons.
The owner or driver of the vehicle may appear in person or mail the sum of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to the Municipal Court within five (5) days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, in lieu of the penalty provided in Section 100.100 of this Code in full satisfaction of such violation.
[CC 1979 §16-147; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
The presence of any vehicle found parked or abandoned in violation of this Chapter on any snow routes shall be prima facie evidence that the person in whose name such vehicle is registered, in the records of the Director of Revenue of the State, committed or authorized such violation.
[CC 1979 §16-148; Ord. No. 81-037 §2, 1-5-1981]
The City Engineer is hereby granted the authority to designate those streets that he feels should be snow routes and to so indicate that fact on said streets by the posting of signs as provided for herein. In addition, the City Engineer shall publish as often as necessary a full listing of those streets which have been designated by him as snow routes and which have been so indicated by the posting of signs as provided for herein.