Keeping the streets clear of snow

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Snow removal

In part, this ordinance states: "Any vehicle parked or left unattended may be towed by the city or its agent, the cost of which shall be collectable from the owner or driver, if any of the following circumstances exist:": "3. The vehicle blocks or interferes with the maintenance of city streets for purposes such as repair of the street or removal of snow. The city shall only be able to enforce this subsection (3) after making reasonable efforts to notify all vehicle owners of the need to remove such vehicles for maintenance." Normally, not only is the vehicle itself red tagged but extensive efforts are made to contact the registered owner," according to the press release.

Another potential problem for residents concerns placing snow into the street.

Section 2 of the above ordinance provides: "No person shall place or be responsible for the placing of any snow or ice or other debris of any king in any public street, alley or right of way within the corporate limits of the city." This is particularly a problem if the plows have already cleared the street.

— The Craig Police Department is again asking assistance in helping make room for snowplows, as they attempt to keep city streets clean and clear of snow.

Plows normally start clearing the streets around 3 a.m., according to a press release. At that time, they plow around any vehicles that are parked on the street. This creates a windrow around those vehicles, which, if not removed, will build up and create traffic problems.

As a result, the plows will come back later and plow where the parked cars were. If the vehicles have not been moved, the Craig Police Department is then called to "Red Tag" the vehicles.

When vehicles are "Red Tagged" for snow removal, the Police Department and Road and Bridge are giving notice that vehicles must be moved to a different parking place so the next time the plows come by, the area that was left around the parked vehicle can be cleared. Vehicles must be moved within 72 hours of being tagged.

The Road and Bridge Department offers a limited snow removal program for people older than 65 years of age or physically disabled. Qualified citizens may go to City Hall and complete the proper forms requesting this service.

The form will be forwarded to the Road and Bridge Department for processing. This program will only remove the windrow that the plow has created in the entrance to the driveway.

People who refuse to move their vehicles or place snow in the street face a fine of up to $300, plus any cost related to towing the vehicle.

"No one likes to have their vehicle towed, and city employees don't enjoy having to have them towed," the release states. "The Police Department and Road and Bridge employees ask for your cooperation this winter."

The release also states that people who will be out of town for an extended period should make arrangements for off-street parking.

If it snows more than 2 inches, move vehicles off the street. For those who don't have access to off-street parking, relocate your vehicle after the plow has gone by.

Code Enforcement Specialist Beck Otis will be doing most of the "Red Tagging" of vehicles this year. Call 826-2373.

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