By Sarah Pridgeon
A new procedure has been adopted for removing vehicles parked in the snow removal zone in the early hours of the morning, when the Public Works Department is working to clear snow. The policy is intended to deter habitual offenders.
Effective immediately, City Maintenance will contact the Sundance Police Department to advise them of the plate numbers of any vehicle in violation that needs to be towed. This information will be passed on to the tow company, as well as to the on-call police officer.
The police officer will remain in the area to ensure there are no conflicts during the towing process and obtain all vehicle registration information. The owner of the vehicle will then receive the tow bill as well as a citation for the violations.
The citation fine for first-time offenders is up to $200, rising to $300 for a second offense and $500 for third offense onward. This will be accompanied by the cost of moving the vehicle, which is set by the towing company responsible.
The snow removal zone within city limits stretches along Main Street from Northwest Street to 5th Street, as well as from Main Street to Cleveland Street on 2nd, 3rd and 4th Streets. Parking is prohibited in these areas between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November to April.
The updated policy was initially discussed at the regular January meeting of the City Council, at which Public Works Director Larry Schommer mentioned the ongoing problem of cars parked in the snow removal zone. Mayor Paul Brooks requested a sit-down meeting to discuss the new procedure, with the involvement of Police Chief Todd Fritz.