Perry snow ordinance still in effect Sunday, police say

Residents reminded to move cars from streets, alleys until snow stops and streets are plowed

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The city of Perry’s snow ordinance remains in effect Sunday, and residents should keep all vehicles off city streets and roadways until the snow stops and the streets are cleared by city snow plows, according to the Perry Police Department.

The ordinance was automatically activated with the current snowfall. According to the Perry City Code 69.13, a snowfall of one-half inch or more constitutes a “snow emergency.”

Once a snow emergency takes effect, according to the city’s snow ordinance, “No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or city-owned off-street parking area during a snow emergency unless the snow has been removed or plowed from such street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall.”

The city code defines a snow emergency as “any accumulation of snow in the amount of one-half inch or any amount in excess thereof. A snow emergency parking ban shall continue from its inception through the duration of the snow or ice storm and the 48-hour time period after cessation of the storm except as above provided upon streets which have been fully opened.”

Property owners in the residential district must also clear sidewalks of snow, ice or accumulations within 48 hours of the end of the storm, and property owners in the business district must clear sidewalks of snow, ice or accumulations within 12 hours of the end of the storm.

If sidewalks are not cleared within the specified time, the city of Perry may perform the work and assess the costs against the property owners for collection in the same manner as property tax.

For more information, call the Perry City Hall at 515-465-2481.

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