[Adopted 11-7-2017 STM by Art. 14, approved by Attorney General 2-26-2018]
The purpose of the emergency parking ban shall be to provide for the safe movement of police, fire and emergency medical service vehicles during snow and ice storms and otherwise provide for public safety during winter weather conditions. The parking ban shall also serve to enhance the capability of the public works department to effectively and efficiently remove snow and ice from the roadways.
The parking ban shall be implemented in a manner that provides for public safety while inconveniencing the smallest number of residents for the shortest possible time.
Snow/ice emergencies shall automatically be enacted upon occurrence of the following and be reaffirmed by a declaration by the Director of Public Works:
The parking ban shall remain in effect for a minimum of 48 hours. The Director of Public Works shall consult with the police chief, fire chief or their designees before the ban is rescinded.
The chief of police shall develop procedures which insure that motor vehicles are not ticketed and/or towed unreasonably during the emergency ban.
Parking shall be prohibited on all Town streets for the duration of the parking ban.
Vehicles parked in residential areas shall be subject to ticketing and/or towing at 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., vehicles parked in business areas shall be subject to ticketing and/or towing at 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. In severe storms, blizzards, or other occasions, parking may be restricted on all public streets 24 hours a day.
Winter parking ban violators shall be charged a fine of $50.
Announcements of the snow emergencies shall be made by as many ways possible, some of which may be by the Town website, local radio stations, local newspapers, and/or on cable television stations. Announcements that the snow emergency has ended will be made by the same means.
The Town will have a telephone number available, that may be called 24 hours per day, with a recorded message that informs callers of the status of the snow emergency.
Twenty-four hours after the snow emergency on Town streets is lifted, a twenty-four-hour parking ban may be declared by the Director of Public Works in Town owned and maintained parking lots for proper snow and ice removal.
Notification of this ban shall be designated by a blue light located at the lot entrance.
Failure to remove a vehicle from a Town owned or maintained parking lot while a parking ban is in effect will result in a fifty-dollar fine and the vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense.
Not all street snow emergencies will result in parking lot emergencies.