Borough of West Chester, PA
Chester County
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[Amended 11-20-1996 by Ord. No. 22-1996]
A. 
In order to facilitate the movement of traffic and to combat the hazards of excessive snow and ice on the highways or portions of the highways named in § 104-82A of this article, the Mayor, in his discretion, may declare an emergency due to such hazards.
B. 
In order to facilitate the movement of traffic and to combat the hazards of excessive snow on the highways or portions of the highways named in § 104-82B of this article, when snow accumulations reach and/or exceed four inches on the highways or portions of the highways named in § 104-82B during any snowfall, parking is automatically prohibited and a snow emergency shall be deemed to exist.
[Amended 11-20-1996 by Ord. No. 22-1996]
A. 
After any such emergency shall have been declared in accordance § 104-79A, it shall be unlawful during the period of such emergency for any person to park a motor vehicle or tractor or to allow the same to remain parked on any highway or portion thereof named in § 104-82A of this article or to operate any motor vehicle or tractor on any such highway or portion thereof unless such motor vehicle or tractor shall be equipped with adequate equipment to provide sufficient traction to keep such motor vehicle or tractor in motion so that other traffic on such highways will not be blocked or impeded.
B. 
When a snow emergency is deemed to exist in accordance with § 104-79B, it shall be unlawful during the period of such emergency for any person to park a motor vehicle or tractor or to allow the same to remain parked on any highway or portion thereof named in § 104-82B of this article.
[Amended 11-20-1996 by Ord. No. 22-1996]
A. 
In order to assist the operators of motor vehicles and tractors in determining the highways affected by § 104-79A, the Director of Public Works and/or his designee shall place around the utility poles on the highways or portions thereof designated in § 104-82A signs reading as follows. The Mayor or the Chief of Police shall also, through radio, newspaper or other available media, disseminate information as to the existence of such an emergency.
SNOW
EMERGENCY
ROUTE
SNOW TIRES OR CHAINS REQUIRED
NO PARKING
DURING EMERGENCY
VEHICLES
TOWED AWAY
B. 
Specific highways.
(1) 
In order to assist the operators of motor vehicles and tractors in determining the highways affected by § 104-79B, the Director of Public Works and/or his designee shall place a sign or signs along the highway, street or portions thereof designated in § 104-82B which shall state the following:
[Amended 5-25-2011 by Ord. No. 10-2011]
SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTE
NO PARKING WHEN SNOW IS 4 INCHES DEEP
VIOLATORS WILL BE TOWED
(2) 
The snow emergency existing on the highways, streets or portions thereof designated in § 104-82B shall be automatically discontinued at such time as the highways, streets or portions thereof have been cleared to the curb.
[Amended 5-10-1978 by Ord. No. 5-1978; 3-14-1979 by Ord. No. 3-1979; 5-14-1980 by Ord. No. 7-1980; 9-14-1988 by Ord. No. 16-1988; 11-20-1996 by Ord. No. 22-1996]
A. 
The highways or portions thereof to which the provisions of this article shall be applicable during all periods of emergency declared as provided in § 104-79A are as follows:
(1) 
High Street, from the northern Borough boundary to the southern Borough boundary.
(2) 
(Reserved)
(3) 
Hannum Avenue, from New Street to the western Borough boundary.
(4) 
Market Street, from Wayne Street to the eastern Borough boundary.
(5) 
Marshall Street, from Brandywine Street to the eastern Borough boundary.
[Amended 4-16-2003 by Ord. No. 9-2003]
(6) 
Wayne Street, from Hannum Avenue to Price Street.
(7) 
(Reserved)
(8) 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(8), regarding Miner Street, was repealed 4-16-2003 by Ord. No. 9-2003.
(9) 
Price Street, from High Street to the western Borough boundary.
(10) 
Route No. 162, from the western Borough boundary to Hannum Avenue.
(11) 
Matlack Street from Market Street to Chestnut Street.
(12) 
Chestnut Street from Matlack Street to Hannum Avenue.
(13) 
Brandywine Street from Miner Street to Market Street.
(14) 
Market Street from Brandywine Street to Wayne Street.
(15) 
Gay Street from eastern boundary to Wayne Street.
(16) 
Lacey Street from Matlack Street to Franklin Street.
(17) 
Franklin Street from Rosedale Avenue to Nields Street.
(18) 
Nields Street from Franklin Street to Bolmar Street.
(19) 
Rosedale Avenue from Franklin Street to Church Street.
(20) 
New Street from Chestnut Street to Market Street.
(21) 
Walnut Street from Rosedale Avenue to Virginia Avenue, right side only.
(22) 
Church Street from Virginia Avenue to Rosedale Avenue, right side only.
(23) 
Virginia Avenue from Walnut Street to Church Street.
(24) 
Franklin Street from Nields Street to Lacey Street, east side only.
(25) 
Miner Street from High Street to Wayne Street, north side only.
(26) 
Matlack Street from Magnolia Street to Nields Street, east side only.
(27) 
Everhart Street from Hannum Avenue to Lafayette Street.
[Added 4-16-2003 by Ord. No. 9-2003]
(28) 
Lafayette Street from Everhart Street to Brandywine Street.
[Added 4-16-2003 by Ord. No. 9-2003]
(29) 
Brandywine Street from Lafayette Street to Marshall Street.
[Added 4-16-2003 by Ord. No. 9-2003]
B. 
The highways, streets or portions thereof to which the provisions of § 104-79B shall be applicable are as follows:
[Amended 1-17-2007 by Ord. No. 2-2007[2]]
(1) 
West side of Church Street between Virginia Avenue and Rosedale Avenue.
(2) 
East side of Walnut Street between Virginia Avenue and Rosedale Avenue.
(3) 
North side of Miner Street between High Street and Brandywine Street.
[2]
Editor's Note: This ordinance stated that § 104-82B would take effect 12-1-2007.
[Amended 4-9-1986 by Ord. No. 3-1986; 11-20-1996 by Ord. No. 22-1996; 4-20-2011 by Ord. No. 8-2011; 6-19-2013 by Ord. No. 5-2013; 5-17-2018 by Ord. No. 6-2018]
A. 
An owner or operator of any motor vehicle parked in violation of any provisions of this Article VII shall be issued a notice of violation and shall be ordered to pay a fine of $25, unless the fine is paid to the Borough of West Chester within 14 days of the issuance of such notice, in which case the fine amount shall be reduced to $15.
B. 
If the owner or operator of the motor vehicle fails to respond to the notice of violation as set forth in Subsection A above by payment of the fine within 14 days of issuance of such notice, the Borough shall send a warning letter requesting payment of the full fine of $25 within 10 days of the date of the letter. Should the owner or operator of the motor vehicle fail to respond to the letter by payment within the ten-day time frame, the Borough shall proceed with the issuance of a citation for the greater fine amount in accordance with the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. Upon conviction of the offense, the defendant shall be ordered to pay the applicable fine, the late fee of $10 and the costs of prosecution, and/or to be incarcerated in the county prison for not more than five days.
The Borough off-street parking lots may be used without charge for parking for a period of 24 hours following declaration of a snow emergency.
[Amended 11-20-1996 by Ord. No. 22-1996]
Upon the existence of a snow or ice emergency in accordance with the provisions of § 104-79A and/or § 104-79B, any vehicles remaining parked, stuck or stalled upon any of the highways, streets or portions thereof designated in § 104-82A and/or § 104-82B, as applicable, may be removed in accordance with the provisions of Article VIII of this chapter entitled "Removal and Impounding of Illegally Parked Vehicles."