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Posted on: December 8, 2016


On Sunday, December 4th the Village of Montgomery received an official snow accumulation of more than 4-1/4”. The Public Works staff works hard to provide residents and visitors with a safe and rapid snow clean up. These efforts were severely inhibited due to the number of cars parked on the roadways throughout town.
As per section 11-43 of the village code, it is unlawful for any person to park or allow a vehicle to remain parked in the roadways after 2” of accumulation. Parked cars make snow removal more dangerous and time consuming, which in turn costs tax payers far more money.
Fortunately, due to a very mild winter last year, this wasn’t much of an issue, as only one storm on 2/14/16 measured 2” and not much more. This season, forecasters are predicting a far more active weather pattern with cold temperatures. If the snow is not removed from the roadway while fresh, it will freeze and can cause damage to vehicles and the potential for flooding during a rain event or thaw cycle.
This season the Montgomery Police Department along with Community Development and Public Works will be enforcing this often-overlooked ordinance. Vehicles may be ticketed or towed. Please consider this a friendly reminder to remove your vehicles from the roadway during snow events.
Currently the forecast for the next few days shows possible snow accumulations ranging from 5-12” beginning Saturday night and carrying on through Tuesday. Snow removal operations are often not complete until 6-8 hours after the snow has stopped falling. Parked cars MUST remain off the street until snow removal can be safely completed. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Sec. 11-43. - Parking during snow removal prohibited; removal of vehicles.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle or, if parked, to allow a motor vehicle to remain parked or standing in any public street or alley during or after a snowfall in which there is an accumulation of two inches of snow or more. This prohibition shall remain in effect until such time as the street or alley has been plowed or the snow has been removed therefrom. A village street shall not be deemed to have been plowed until the lane of traffic nearest the curb has been plowed or the snow has been removed therefrom.
(b) Whenever a police officer of the village finds a vehicle parked in violation of this section and where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic, interferes with the use of streets or in any other manner creates a dangerous or unsafe condition, such vehicle is declared a nuisance and a hazard to public safety; and the police officer may cause the removal of such vehicle to a public garage or other place of safety during snow removal operations of the village on such streets; and the expense of such removal and storage in such public garage shall be paid by the owner or operator of the vehicle in addition to any other penalties imposed by this chapter.
(Ord. No. 554, § 3, 5-12-87; Ord. No. 622, 11-27-89)
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