CHAPTER XIX. TRAFFIC AND VEHICLESCHAPTER XIX. TRAFFIC AND VEHICLES\ARTICLE 3. SNOW EMERGENCIES

This article shall be known as the “Snow Emergency Ordinance of the City of Concordia.”

(Code 1971, § 23-61)

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

“Director” means the city manager or a duly designated and acting representative.

“Street or highway” means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.

“Roadway” means that portion of the street or highway improved, designated or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the shoulder.

“Snow emergency routes” means those streets marked as such in accordance with the provisions of this article.

“Secondary streets” mean any streets which are not marked “Snow Emergency Route.”

(Code 1971, § 23-62)

(a)   The director shall put into effect a parking prohibition on all snow emergency routes commencing November 1 and terminating April 1.

(b)   While the prohibition is in effect, no person shall park, or allow to remain parked, any vehicle on any portion of any snow emergency route to which it applies at any time when snow, freezing rain, or sleet is forecast or occurring.

(c)   Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit parking at any time or place where it is forbidden by any other provision of law.

(Code 1971, § 23-63; Ord. 2016-3104)

(a)   No person operating a motor vehicle on a snow emergency route shall allow such vehicle to become stalled, totally or partly, because the drive wheels thereof are not equipped with effective tire chains or snow tires.

(b)   No person operating a motor vehicle on any part of the snow emergency route on which there is a parking prohibition in effect shall allow such vehicle to become stalled because the motor fuel supply is exhausted or the battery has become inoperative.

(Code 1971, § 23-64)

Whenever a vehicle becomes stalled for any reason on any part of the snow emergency route when there is a parking prohibition in effect, the person operating such a vehicle shall take immediate action to have the vehicle towed or pushed off the roadway of such snow emergency route, either onto the first cross street which is not a snow emergency route, or onto the public space portion of a nearby driveway. No person shall abandon or leave a vehicle in the roadway of a snow emergency route (regardless of whether such person indicates, by raising the hood or otherwise, that the vehicle is stalled), except for the purpose of securing assistance during the actual time necessary to go to a nearby telephone or to a nearby garage, gasoline station, or other place of assistance, and return without delay.

(Code 1971, § 23-65)

On each street designated by this article as a snow emergency route, the director shall post special signs at one-block intervals with the wording “Snow Emergency Route.” These signs shall be plainly readable to persons traveling on the street or highway.

(Code 1971, § 23-66)

(a)   Members of the police department are hereby authorized to remove or have removed a vehicle from the street to the nearest garage or other place of safety (including another place on a street) or to a garage designated or maintained by the police department, or otherwise maintained by the city, when:

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

(2)   The vehicle is stalled on a part of the snow emergency route on which there is a parking prohibition in effect and the person who was operating such vehicle does not appear to be removing it in accordance with the provisions of this article.

(3)   The vehicle is parked in violation of any parking ordinance or provision of law and is interfering or about to interfere with snow removal operations.

(b)   Whenever an officer removes or has removed a vehicle from a street as authorized in this section, and the officer knows or is able to ascertain from the registration records in the vehicle the name and address of the owner thereof, such officer shall immediately give or cause to be given a notice in writing to such owner of the fact of such removal and the reasons therefor and of the place to where such vehicle has been removed.

(c)   It shall be the duty of the police department to keep a record of each vehicle removed in accordance with this section. The record shall indicate the description of the vehicle, its license number, the date and time of such removal, where it was removed from, its location, the name and address of its owner and last operator, if known, its final disposition, and the parking violation involved.

(d)   This section shall be supplemental to any other provisions of law granting to members of the police department authority to remove vehicles.

(Code 1971, § 23-67)

The following streets or portions of streets within the city are hereby designated snow emergency routes:

Second Street, from Cedar to Valley;

Valley, from Second to Sixth Street;

Cedar, from Second to Sixth Street;

Sixth Street, from Second Avenue to Doster;

Cedar, from Sixth to Eighteenth Street;

Archer, from Sixth to Eighteenth Street;

Eleventh Street, from east city limits to west city limits;

Eighteenth Street, from Cedar to Lincoln Street;

State Street, from Eighteenth to Campus Drive;

Campus Drive, from State to Republican.

(Code 1971, § 23-68)