With storm on way, Perry PD notes city snow removal ordinance


Snow is forecast for Friday night and most of Saturday, and the Perry Police Department reminds residents that the city’s snow emergency ordinance takes effect once one-half inch of snow accumulates on roadways and sidewalks.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Des Moines has issued a winter weather advisory for southern Iowa in effect from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday, with one to three inches of snow possible. The snow should begin during the evening hours Friday and continue most of Saturday.

Vehicles may not be parked on any public street, alley or city-owned off-street parking area during a snow emergency unless the snow has been removed with the streets fully open and the snow has ceased to fall.

Regarding sidewalks, property owners in the residential district must remove accumulated snow or ice from sidewalk within 48 hours, and property owners in the business district must remove accumulated snow or ice from sidewalks within 12 hours of the end of the storm. If property owners fail to clear sidewalks within the time limits stated, the Perry Public Works Department may perform the work and assess the costs against the property owners for collection in the same manner as property tax.

The following is the section of the Perry Code of Ordinances regarding snow removal:

69.13 Snow Removal. 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.

A snow emergency shall be defined 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. 

For more information, call the Perry City Hall at 515-465-2481 or the Perry Police Department at 515-465-4636.


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