With winter getting closer the City of Storm Lake would like to remind residents of the change in the City's Snow Parking Ordinance.
Changes to the City's Snow Ordinance now allow parking on city streets throughout the year EXCEPT when a Snow Emergency is declared. During these declared Snow Emergencies vehicle parking on city streets is prohibited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on all streets except those in the central business district or downtown area where parking is prohibited between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Residents of Storm Lake should be receiving in the mail a brochure and refrigerator magnet outlining the new policy (ordinance) and highlighting a new website and hotline phone number that residents can use to gather information about the current state of snow emergency.
The snow emergency hotline number is 712-213-SNOW (7669) and the website is www.213snow.com. Both are available 24 hours a day and will be updated regularly during the snow season.
The website also has links to an email newsletter for instant notifications that will be sent directly to your email account when a snow emergency is declared.
In addition to the hotline and website announcements will be provided to the regional media outlets and major employers in the community in an effort to help notify the public in a timely manner.
Cars that are left parked on the street in a declared snow emergency are in violation of the ordinance and subject to a fine and or being towed to allow for snow removal to take place.
More information on the City's new ordinance including a Frequently Asked Questions document can be found on the snow emergency web page at www.213snow.com. Copies of the brochure in English and Spanish are also available.
Resident who didn't receive a magnet in the mail and would like to have one may pick one up at City Hall during normal business hours (Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), while supplies last.
Finally residents and businesses should remember that City ordinance requires the property owner to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of and adjacent to their properties within 72 hours of a snowfall.