Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Winter Parking Ban

The Norwich Police would like to remind city residents of the winter restriction of parking vehicles on city streets and city parking lots. “Because we have many multi-family dwellings in the city, there are residents who don’t have a dedicated parking space and need time to figure out where they can park their car” said Norwich Police Chief Joseph Angelino.

City code Section 90-43(a) Winter On Street Parking Ban: From November 1 until April 15, no vehicle shall be parked on any city street or public parking lot between the hours of 2:00am and 6:00am. This is necessary to facilitate the prompt removal of any snowfall. This city ordinance includes every night during the period from November 1st to April 15th, not just the nights there is snowfall. “The City DPW crews often times work at night to maintain open traffic lanes by clearing snow from streets curb-to-curb when they are not plowing fresh snowfall” said the Police Chief.

The Police Chief also noted this parking restriction includes the city owned parking lots in the business district. Violators may receive a parking ticket that carries a ten dollar fine. In extreme cases, if a parked vehicle is hampering snow removal efforts, the car could be towed at the owner’s expense.

The first week of this ordinance the police department will issue courtesy notices by placing a reminder on the windshield of vehicles found in violation. After the one week grace period, parking tickets will be issued. “From November to April, at any given time the Norwich area could have measurable snowfalls that require streets to be plowed. It’s a fact of life in up-state New York” said the Police Chief.