Fourteen motorists were cited Wednesday for violating the city’s 48-hour parking ordinance, according to the Jamestown Police Department.
Vehicles are required to move every 48 hours, said Police Chief Dave Donegan, regardless of the time of year.
“We enforce it most strictly in the winter because of snow removal,” he said.
The fine for violated the parking law is $10.
The City Council’s Public Works Committee Tuesday approved revising the city snow policy to impose a parking ban for snow removal on emergency routes.
City Engineer Reed Schwartz-kopf said the parking ban was only one of two suggestions to come out of a debriefing on last winter’s snow removal. Asked if an on-street parking ban could be instituted throughout the city for snow removal, he said the Public Works Department prefers to start with this.
Considering the community had more than 90 inches of snow last winter with all its attendant problems, City Engineer Reed Schwartzkopf believes snow removal went very well and he didn’t see a need for major changes to the snow removal policy.
Schwartzkopf and City Street Department Foreman Harold Sad met with representatives from a variety of local organizations Thursday to assess snow removal in the city last winter. The organizations included emergency services and other associated services.
Ward County Highway Engineer Dana Larsen says his county’s snow removal expenses between November and March totaled just over $1 million — and that’s not counting cities or townships.
Requests for federal aid for snow removal have been declined. County Commissioner Jerome Gruenberg said the snow cannot be tied to damage from spring flooding, which is still being tallied.
City crews will begin snow removal in the residential areas starting at 11 a.m. today.
City crews will begin removingsnow fromt he downtown area at 11 p.m. today and continue thorugh the night. Downtown merchants are asked to have their sidewalks shoveled by 9 p.m. before the blades begin working downtown.
The Buffalo Mall and the Jamestown Business Center were temporarily closed late this afternoon due to snow accumulations on the roofs. Officials with Investors Real Estate Trust, the owner of the buildings, said the buildings would be inspected Wednesday and whatever snow removal work that was necessary would be performed at that time.
The City Council is expected to approve changes to policies for snow removal, salting and sanding streets and declaring a snow emergency following action at the city’s Public Works Committee Thursday.
Councilman Pat Nygaard was concerned about public safety on icy streets, particularly at the intersections in residential areas. He referred to the first snowfall of the winter a couple of weeks ago and said he talked to someone in the Bismarck Street Department about that city’s sanding and salting procedure.
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