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Snow Emergency Parking & Removal… Know What to do and Know your Ordinance NO. 586.

Although temperatures have been well above normal these last few months, at some point when winter officially hits, temperatures will be getting colder which means the dreaded S-word! Yes, snow!

So, what do I need to know in terms of parking if the Village would declare a snow emergency?

As outlined in Ordinance NO. 586,

(A) The Village Board is authorized to establish snow emergency route upon any street or highway in the village limits and may place appropriate signs, marks, lines, signals, or other traffic control devices, indicating the existence of the snow emergency routes, which shall include, but not be limited, Main Street, from First Street to Six Street.

(B) The Village maintenance supervisor shall publicly announce each declaration of a snow emergency by means of broadcast or telecast from broadcasting stations within a normal operating range covering the village. Each announcement shall describe the action taken by the maintenance supervisor, including the time it became or will become effective, and shall specify the streets or areas affected.

(C) The Village maintenance supervisor shall declare the parking prohibition terminated, in whole or in part, effective immediately upon announcement or at a later specified time.

(D) The Village maintenance supervisor may order a parking prohibition on all snow emergency routes by declaring that an emergency exists on the basis of falling snow, sleet, freezing rain, or other weather conditions making it necessary that parking on a snow emergency route be prohibited for snow plowing or other purposes. It shall be unlawful for any person to park or allow to remain parked any vehicle on any portion of a snow emergency route during a parking prohibition affecting such streets.

(E) Law enforcement officers are authorized to remove or have removed a vehicle from a street when one or more of the following occur:

(1) The vehicle is parked on a snow emergency route on which a parking prohibition is in effect

(2) The vehicle is stalled on a snow emergency route on which there is a parking prohibition in effect and the person who is operating the vehicle does not appear to be removing it.

(3) The owner or other person lawfully entitled to possession of any vehicle towed or stored shall be charged with the reasonable cost of towing and storage fees. Any such towing or storage fees shall be a lien upon the vehicle prior to all other claims. Any person towing or storing a vehicle shall be entitled to retain possession of the vehicle until the charges are paid.

For more information, please review the ordinance posted up on the Village of Pender website under The Board Section and Village Ordinances. You can also call or stop by the Village office and the staff will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.

There are many great things to still take part in and be excited about during the winter months. Even when Mother Nature does bring us some snow. However, it is always good to be prepared in advance by knowing what to do if a snow emergency is declared.

Please note again that any time a snow emergency would be declared, the Village and Village maintenance supervisor will make sure to communicate to all citizens of Pender through many different avenues including the Village of Pender Facebook Page, text notification that the Village has access to, The Pender Times and the Village Website. These mediums will have full detailed information regarding when a snow emergency is declared.

Stay safe and warm this winter.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food, and for warmth.”

-Quote by Edith Sitwell

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