By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A winter parking ordinance is now in effect within the Preston City limits and Police Chief Val Sparrow is reminding residents that parking any type of vehicle on city streets during winter months is prohibited because it impairs snow removal efforts.
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. We are enforcing this ordinance with the onset of wintery weather. 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 also strongly advise people to lock all their vehicles to avoid burglary, especially at this time of year. 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 this winter to assist firemen in case of a fire. Even though none of the white stuff has accumulated yet, snow needs to be cleared around the hydrants in a three-foot radius, he said.
This story is sponsored by FCMC Family Physicians and The Preston Citizen Bookstore.
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