STATELINE (WIFR) -- The following cities have declared that winter snow ordinances are in effect:
ROCKFORD: The City of Rockford Public Works Department has declared a citywide snow emergency beginning today, Monday, February 17, 2014, at 1:00 pm. The odd/even parking will be in effect until the public works department deems it is no longer necessary. Updates to the snow emergency will be provided at appropriate times throughout the remainder of the storm.
Street division employees will continue salting and plowing arterial streets. Contractors will begin plowing residential streets at 1:00 pm. Decisions about further deployment will be made as needed.
• The City of Rockford or its contractors are not responsible for plowing alley ways.
• The odd/even parking is in effect so that the plows can safely go down the streets. The next day when the parking changes to the other side of the street, the plows may or may not return to clear the other side. If at all possible, please remove your vehicle from the street. If unable to, please observe the odd/even parking.
Effective as of 1:00 p.m., February 17, 2014, cars should be parked on the odd numbered side of the street.
• As of 8:00 am tomorrow, February 18, 2014, cars are to be parked on the even numbered side of the street.
• Cars parked in violation of the odd/even parking will be ticketed.
In order for crews to remove snow and ice from city streets, we must have the ability to safely and effectively maneuver a plow up and down our streets. If a snow or ice storm reaches the point that streets are becoming difficult to clear, city officials can declare a Snow Emergency. A Snow Emergency requires that vehicles be parked on the odd side of the street when the date ends in an odd number and on the even side of the street when the date ends on an even number. For example, on January 5h, you would park on the odd side of the street. Police will issue parking tickets at the cost of $50.00 to vehicles that are parked on the wrong side of the street. It’s safe to assume that if it’s snowing the Odd/Even Parking is in effect.
The residential area between 20th St. West to Kishwaukee St., Harrison Avenue north to Rural St. has been problematic for the City Crews to plow during past storms, due to vehicles parked on both sides of the street. We would encourage citizens in this area to move their vehicles either off the street or to the appropriate side of the street as specified by the odd/even parking.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
• If your street is marked as “No Parking” on one side of the street, the Snow Emergency Declaration allows you to park legally in the restricted area during the time that the Snow Emergency Declaration is in effect.
• Do not assume that you can move your car when the street is plowed. Your car must remain parked appropriately until after the Snow Emergency has been lifted.
• All vehicles must be moved to the correct side of the street at 8:00 a.m.
FREEPORT: The City of Freeport has declared a snow emergency.
The winter parking regulations are in effect for the next 48 hours
CHERRY VALLEY: The Village of Cherry Valley has implemented its winter parking regulation ordinance. This means no vehicles are allowed to park on village streets for the duration of the winter storm warning, or until all streets have been cleared.
MACHESNEY PARK: The Village of Machesney Park has declared a snow emergency to take effect at 10:00 a.m. on February 17th, 2014. During this emergency, no vehicles may park or stand on any road, highway, roadway shoulder, ditch or any other property used, or which could be used, as a roadway within the Village of Machesney Park until such road or highway has been completely cleared of snow.
LOVES PARK: The Snow Ordinance is in effect for Loves Park. This means:
(a) No person shall park any motor vehicle of any class on any street in the city after two inches of snow has fallen, until such time as the snow has been plowed to the side of the street, except that no parking shall be allowed on North Second Street from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. after two inches of snow has fallen, until such time as the snow has been plowed to the side of the street.
(b) Any vehicle found illegally parked under this section may be towed away under the order of the police department, and, in addition to the fine, the person shall pay the towing and storage charges to the towing-away agency before regaining possession of his/her vehicle.
(c) The police department or the code enforcement officer may issue tickets for parking violations of this section; however, no snow parking tickets shall be issued between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. if snow commences after 9:00 p.m. and accumulates to two inches or more before 7:00 a.m.
(d) The person parking, and/or owner, of any vehicle found illegally parked under this section shall be fined the sum of $25.00 for his/her first offense and $25.00 for each subsequent offense.
SOUTH BELOIT: The City of South Beloit has declared a city wide snow emergency beginning at 12:00 P.M. 2/17/2014. Parking on the streets will not be allowed until the snow removal is completed.
BELOIT: A snow emergency is in effect for Beloit from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on February 17th.
STERLING: A snow emergency has been declared starting at 10 a.m. on February 17th. There is no parking on snow routes until all snow has been removed from the full width of the street. There is no parking in the Central Business District from 1:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Odd/Even parking restrictions are in effect on all other city streets. On the odd days of the month, you park on the odd-numbered side of the street; and on even days of the month, you park on the even-numbered side of the street. Odd and even days will be considered as beginning between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. You will not be ticketed between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. Odd and even numbered sides of the street refer to the usual residence and building address numbers. These parking restrictions will terminate block by block after the snowfall stops and when all accumulated snow has been removed from the full width of the street or when the snow emergency is cancelled by the City. All other parking restrictions remain in effect. No parking will be permitted on streets where parking is restricted or prohibited. Cars parked in violation of the above restrictions will be ticketed and may be towed, at the owner’s expense. If you have any questions regarding these parking restrictions, please call the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640 or the Public Works Department at 815-632-6657.