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We made it through the first snowfall of the year! Now,
here are some more reminders regarding snow removal for the rest of the season:
2015-2016 Snow Removal Information
When the snow starts to fall, the Public Works Department activates its "Snow & Ice Removal Plan". Exactly what happens depends on the amount of precipitation that has fallen, the total amount predicted to fall, the temperature, the expected duration of the storm/event, and the moisture content.
The following suggestions and reminders will help us complete the snow removal process in an efficient and timely manner.
~ Please DO NOT shovel or plow snow into any City street, onto any public sidewalk, or obstruct any fire hydrant.
~NO PARKING is allowed on any street if there is an accumulation of 2" or more of snow. This is in effect until plowing operations have been completed.
~DRIVEWAYS - We know it is frustrating to clear your driveway and then have a plow come by and put snow back in it. This is unavoidable without greatly increasing the cost of snow removal. You can help minimize the amount of snow pushed back into your driveway by piling it on the right side of the driveway (away from approaching traffic).
~ MAILBOXES - Winter is hard on mailboxes along the streets. However, if they are in good condition and properly installed, they will withstand sludge discharge from the plows. Most mailboxes knocked down during snow removal are not hit by the snowplows, they are in poor condition and knocked down by the snow discharge. The City will only be responsible for damage done to mailboxes that are properly installed and are hit by a snowplow. Be sure the front of the mailbox is a minimum of 6" from the back of the curb, and the bottom of the mailbox is at least 42" from the top of the curb. If there is no curb, the front of the mailbox should be a minimum of 12" off the edge of the roadway pavement and 48" to the bottom of the mailbox.
Your cooperation in abiding by these wintertime regulations and suggestions is greatly appreciated.If you have any concerns with snow removal, please contact the Street Department at 815-654-5040 and provide the nature of the concern and your contact information, if you wish to be contacted. Read More
Please call the Parks Chamber for more details and to request an entry form 815-633-3999Read More
Sec. 86-95. - Parking during snow removal.
(a) No person shall park any motor vehicle of any class on any street in the city after two inches of snow has fallen, until such time as the snow has been plowed to the side of the street, except that no parking shall be allowed on North Second Street from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. after two inches of snow has fallen, until such time as the snow has been plowed to the side of the street.
(b) Any vehicle found illegally parked under this section may be towed away under the order of the police department, and, in addition to the fine, the person shall pay the towing and storage charges to the towing-away agency before regaining possession of his/her vehicle.
(c) The police department or the code enforcement officer may issue tickets for parking violations of this section; however, no snow parking tickets shall be issued between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. if snow commences after 9:00 p.m. and accumulates to two inches or more before 7:00 a.m.
(d) The person parking, and/or owner, of any vehicle found illegally parked under this section shall be fined the sum of $25.00 for his/her first offense and $25.00 for each subsequent offense. Read More