Snow Emergency Requirements

Sec. 6-326.01  SNOW EMERGENCY DESIGNATION.  
When predictions or occurrences indicate the need, the Mayor or his/her designated representative may determine that it is necessary for the City to cause snow and/or ice to be cleared from the public streets, avenues, alleys, or other public places due to the accumulation thereon causing hindrance to traffic and constituting an emergency requiring the same to be cleared, the Mayor or his\her designated representative may, in the interest of public safety, declare a snow emergency and the enforcement of emergency snow parking regulations, set forth in Sec. 6-326.01 through 6-326.03.  When the Mayor or his/her designated representative issues a snow emergency appropriate public media shall be notified.  In addition, such declaration shall be posted on the City website and cable T.V. channel as soon as practical.

Sec. 6-326.02  PARKING DURING SNOW EMERGENCY. 
No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley, or City owned street or street parking area during any snow emergency proclaimed in Sec. 6-326.01 unless the snow has been cleared from said street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall for a minimum period of eight (8) hours.  A snow emergency parking ban shall continue from its declaration throughout the duration of the snow or ice storm and the forty-eight (48) hour period after cessation of such storm except as provided above for streets which have been fully cleared. Any vehicle left parked in violation of this section may be removed by the Chief of Police or his designee and towed to the City impound lot.  If such unlawfully parked vehicle is not removed and by reason of its presence any part of the streets of the city are unable to be cleared, the owner of the vehicle will be in violation of this section and subject to a fine and may be liable to the City for any added clearing expenses necessarily incurred as a result of such unlawful parking.

Sec. 6-326.03  SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING (WHERE APPLICABLE). 
All City streets, avenues, thoroughfares (State and Federal Highways), alleys or other public places shall be covered by a snow emergency issued pursuant to Sections 6-326.01 and 6-326.02 except the following area and conditions set forth as follows: That between October 15 and March 31 of each year there shall be no parking from the hours of 2:00 o’clock A.M. to 5:00 o’clock A.M. on both sides of the streets as follows:  Washington Street from its intersection with Thirteenth (13th) Street to its intersection with Nineteenth (19th) Street; Lincoln Street from its intersection with Fifteenth (15th) Street to its intersection with Seventeenth (17th) Street; Front Street from its intersection with Fifteenth (15th) to its intersection with Eighteenth (18th) Street; Fifteenth (15th) Street from its intersection with Lincoln Street to its intersection with the alley between Washington Street and Front Street; Sixteenth (16th) Street from its intersection with Grant Street to intersection with the Union Pacific Railroad (Formerly known as the Chicago and North Western Railroad) right of way; Seventeenth (17th) Street from its intersection with Lincoln Street to its intersection with Front Street; and Eighteenth (18th) Street from its intersection with Lincoln Street to its intersection with Front Street. (Ref. Resolution 1992-7 adopted January 28, 1992)

Sec. 6-326.04  SNOW REMOVAL FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY. 
It shall be unlawful for any person or business within the limits of the City of Blair, Nebraska to remove or cause to be removed snow from any business lot, parking lot, or other private premises, including but not limited to sidewalks and driveways, which is pushed or otherwise deposited onto the streets, street parking areas, or alleys of said City, except for the sidewalks abutting Washington Street from Nineteenth (19th) Street to Fifteenth (15th) Street; Sixteenth (16th) Street from Lincoln Street to the Union Pacific Railroad right of way; and Seventeenth (17th) Street from Lincoln Street to Front Street.

Sec. 6-326.05  CLEANING OF SIDEWALKS.  
It shall be unlawful for the adult occupant or occupants of any improved lot or tract of ground or the owner or owners of any unimproved tract of ground in the City to permit snow, sleet, mud or ice to accumulate and remain on the sidewalk along and adjacent to such lot or tract of ground for a period of more than five (5) hours after cessation of the storm causing the same, except in the case of cessation after the hour of nine (9:00) o'clock P.M. in which case such person shall be permitted until ten (10:00) o'clock A.M., of the following day in which to remove such substances.  In case snow, sleet, mud or ice is not removed within twelve (12) hours following the deposit of same on the sidewalk along and adjacent to any lot or tract of ground within the City, the City Administrator may cause same to be removed and the cost of removal of same shall immediately become due and payable, jointly and severally, from the owners and adult occupants of such tract of ground and may be collected by civil suit brought by the City without necessity for formal demand for payment.