ROBERT S. MERRILL
This week’s expected wintery weather has prompted Preston Police Chief Val Sparrow to remind residents a winter parking ordinance is now in effect with the city limits.
“I AGAIN want to remind residents that parking any type of vehicle on city streets during winter months is prohibited because it impairs snow removal efforts,” he said.
Beginning Saturday, Nov. 1, and running through March 31, parking vehicles, RVs, or trailers on any city street in Preston is prohibited from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., said Chief Sparrow.
The ordinance states, “it is unlawful for any person to park a vehicle on any city street within the City of Preston, Idaho, between 11 p.m. And 6 a.m. between Nov. 1 and March 31 of each and every year.”
Sparrow said snowplow drivers need to have the roads clear during those hours to facilitate snow removal.
“Our officers have been out looking for violations of this ordinance and have written numerous tickets, even though there’s been little snow up until now. We are enforcing this ordinance now more than ever. In order to avoid getting a ticket, residents and visitors of the community need to remove their vehicles/trailers from city streets at night.
“We request the public’s assistance in keeping the streets clear of vehicles and trailers during the winter months,” said Chief Sparrow.
Franklin County Fire Marshal Scott Martin is also reminding residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow to assist firemen in case of a fire. Snow needs to be cleared around the hydrants in a three-foot radius, he said.
Franklin County Road Supervisor Troy Moser is asking residents during the remainder of winter to avoid pushing snow from private drives and lanes into road rights-of-way.
“This can create a dangerous situation for motorists, as well as crews trying to remove snow. These piles of snow can quickly freeze creating a traffic hazard,” he said.
His thoughts were echoed by Preston Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson who said frozen piles of snow in streets can rip a plow from a truck.
“It creates quite a hazard for the crews, as well as the general public. Residents need to keep snow on their own property, not in the street.”
Moser is also asking residents to immediately remove trash cans from roads and streets after crews dump them to assist snow-removal efforts this winter. Preston public works director John Balls also said quick removal of trash cans from city streets will really help his crews when they are out plowing snow.
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