Notes from the Chief 12-5-12

by Chief Pete Gehring

No matter how nice this fall has been, winter will get here eventually and the snow will come. We need to remember the winter parking ordinances of the Village and be prepared to park properly.

An old-timer once told me that water fall over a year’s time will average out. If this is true, and after a relatively dry summer, we can expect a lot of snow this winter. Are you ready to cope with a change in not only the weather, but in driving conditions also. And as this article points out, where and when you can park your motor vehicles. Please consider the ordinances and park accordingly.

Ordinance 10-1-27 is titles “Street maintenance parking restrictions”, and reads as follows. (a) Between November 1 and May 1, and the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., parking is allowed on the south and east sides of the streets on even numbered days. (b) States that between November 1 and May 1 and the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., parking is allowed on the north and west sides of the streets on odd numbered days. One should remember that these days start at 12:00 midnight and the odd-even parking begins at that time. Parking at 10:00 p.m. on an even numbered day may confuse you with which side of the street is the correct on to park on for an odd numbered day that starts at midnight. There may not be any snow at 10:00 p.m. when you park, and a plowable amount by 1:00 a.m. Off street parking is allowed at any time.

Section (c) states that throughout the year and between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. there is no parking allowed on Main Street. And (d) states that throughout the year and between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. there shall be no parking allowed on River Street between Pine Street and Cedar Street. A Village parking permit may be issued for cars on River Street for rental units located on that street. This permit is void during a snowstorm.

Remember to be aware of the parking limitations to prevent receiving a municipal parking ticket. Consider the street department employees that need to clear the snow from the streets so the streets are usable my motor vehicles. When driving during a snow storm, be aware of snow plow equipment trying to remove snow. Just because you can see them doesn’t mean they can see you. You may be responsible for any accident that happens. Slow your speed in snowy and icy conditions. Your stopping distance is greatly influenced by slippery road conditions. Be cautious, be careful and be considerate. Have a safe winter.