Story City snow ordinance in effect

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Story City has a Snow Emergency Ordinance which generally bans the parking of any vehicle on a public street, alley, or parking area in the public right-of-way when a snow emergency is in effect.

A snow emergency parking ban will begin when the National Weather Service predicts two (2) or more inches of snow and ice or when two (2) or more inches of snow or ice has fallen. It will continue through the duration of the snow/ice storm and 48 hours after cessation, EXCEPT UPON STREETS HAVING BEEN FULLY OPENED. Fully opened means the snow has been removed or plowed from curb to curb or edge line to edge line. There will NOT be an official declaration of each snow emergency.

If snow and/or ice are in the forecast or have fallen in significant enough quantity to require crews to plow, please do not park in the street. Once your street has been plowed as completely as conditions allow, you may again park your vehicle in the street. But remember, even if your street has been completely plowed AND IT IS STILL SNOWING OR SIGNIFICANT SNOW REMAINS IN THE IMMEDIATE FORECAST, the parking ban would still be considered active.

Warnings may be issued for the first snow emergency of the winter. Once the warning phase is over or if a vehicle has not been moved after a warning, a $25 dollar parking ticket will be issued. Chronic violators or anyone who refuses to remove a vehicle may find their vehicle towed, at their expense.

The ordinance also states that no person shall throw, push, or place any snow from private property, driveways, or sidewalks onto the street or alley. In addition, city code requires that snow and ice be removed from sidewalks within 12 hours after the snow and ice has ceased being deposited.

Questions may be directed to City Hall at 733-2121.