City of Chillicothe, MO
Livingston County
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[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
Any person violating the provisions of this Chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined a sum of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00), in addition to court costs, together with whatever reasonable costs may have been incurred for the removal and storage for such vehicle, if said person has not been previously convicted of violating any of the provisions of this Chapter. Upon each subsequent conviction for a violation of the provisions of this Chapter, the court shall assess a fine not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00), plus applicable court costs, and whatever reasonable cost may have been incurred for the removal and storage of such vehicle.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
Whenever the Mayor, Councilperson At Large, City Administrator, Street Commissioner or City Police Chief, determines, on the basis of falling snow, sleet or freezing rain, or other weather related event, or on the basis of a weather bureau forecast of an expected weather event, that weather conditions may cause hazardous or dangerous driving conditions upon the streets and roadways within the City, any one (1) of the above-named individuals shall have the authority to declare a traffic emergency.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
Upon the declaration of a traffic emergency by any one (1) of the above-named individuals, there shall be placed upon the public bulletin board at the City Hall and the City website a notice that a traffic emergency has been declared, and said notice shall remain posted on said bulletin board and website until said traffic emergency is abated. In addition, a radio station whose broadcasts are normally received within the City shall be contacted and requested to broadcast, as a public service announcement, the fact that a traffic emergency has been declared by the City and that the provisions of this Chapter are in effect during said traffic snow emergency.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
A. 
The following acts shall be prohibited during a traffic emergency:
1. 
The parking of any motor vehicle upon an emergency snow route within the City; or
2. 
The operation of a motor vehicle upon an emergency snow route so as to impede the free movement of traffic upon said roadway, or impede the removal or treatment of snow, sleet or ice upon the roadway, if the drive wheels of said vehicle are not mounted with snow tires, chains or radials, with the exception of vehicles with dual drive wheels.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
Emergency snow routes shall be as designated by the City Council from time to time and listed in the schedule of emergency snow routes on file with the City Clerk.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
On each street designated pursuant to the Chapter as a snow emergency route, the Street Commissioner shall post special signs at reasonable intervals with substantially the wording "Snow Route. No Parking tow away zone." Such signs shall be distinctive and uniform in appearance, and shall be plainly readable to persons traveling on the City streets.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
Police officers of the City are hereby authorized to remove vehicles removed to a tow lot or other locations, including another location on another street, from any emergency snow route or any motor vehicle violating the provisions of this Chapter, and the owner of such vehicle shall be liable for the reasonable cost incurred in the removal and storage of such vehicle.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
Whenever a vehicle becomes stalled for any reason during a traffic emergency, the person operating the vehicle shall take immediate action to have the vehicle towed or pushed off the roadway. No person shall abandon or leave his/her vehicle in the roadway regardless of whether he/she indicates by raising the hood or otherwise, that the vehicle is stalled, except for the purpose of securing assistance during the actual time necessary to go to a nearby telephone or to a nearby garage, gasoline station or other place of assistance and return without delay.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
No person shall impede or interfere in any way with a snow plow, other snow removal vehicle, or other City street department vehicles or equipment (collectively "equipment") while such equipment being operated on City streets by City employees or by an agent of the City during a traffic emergency.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
After the declaration of a traffic emergency as set forth herein, the prohibition against parking or impeding the free flow of traffic or removal of snow, sleet and ice conditions upon said emergency snow routes shall remain in effect until terminated by the announcement of the City Administrator, Street Commissioner, City Police Chief, Mayor or Councilperson At Large. Said termination shall also be evidenced by a notice of the termination upon the public bulletin board in the City Hall, City website, and public service announcements by a radio station whose broadcasts are normally received in the Chillicothe area.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
In the event a motor vehicle is found upon an emergency snow route during a traffic emergency and no operator of the motor vehicle is present, the owner of said motor vehicle and in whose name such motor vehicle is registered shall be held prima facie responsible for such violation.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
No person or persons, other than persons employed or under contract by the City of Chillicothe engaged in the removal of snow, ice or other frozen precipitation from driveways, parking lots or sidewalks shall deposit such snow, ice or other frozen precipitation in the streets or any public way for vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Nor shall any person or persons engaged in the removal of snow or ice allow such snow, ice or other frozen precipitation to be deposited on or against any fire hydrant. One result of clearing City streets is that the windrow from the plows pushes snow/ice out to the edges of the roadway often blocking private driveway or mailbox access. Property owners and residents clearing this windrow to provide driveway and mailbox access shall only do so in a manner that does not place the snow/ice back onto the public street pavement.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
For weather related emergencies of any kind, the Mayor or City Administrator may cause additional restrictions or prohibitions to traffic and parking regulations be placed into effect by making a public declaration thereof. Each declaration made by him or her pursuant to this Chapter to be publicly announced by means of the City's Website and/or such other media or internet sites or systems as the Mayor or City Administrator may find appropriate from time to time, and by issuing a press release to local media with broadcasts or telecasts from a station with a normal operating range covering the City. Each announcement shall describe the action taken by the Mayor or City Administrator, including the time it became or will become effective.
[Ord. No. 2016-03 §1, 1-25-2016]
Any provisions of this Chapter which becomes effective by declaration of a person designated in this Chapter 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 by a public safety officer.