OK, the calendar says it’s more than two weeks until the official start of winter.
But nobody told Mother Nature, who has already sent several icy blasts and minor snowstorms our way.
So… time for my annual reminder column on winter-related ordinances here in the “Cool City.”
Winter Parking Ban in Effect
The City’s winter parking ban took effect December 1.
From now through March 15, motor vehicles are generally prohibited from parking on city streets and in city-owned public parking lots between the hours of 1:00 AM and 6:00 AM.
The intent of this longstanding local ordinance is to assure safe, efficient snow plowing and ice control operations during the winter months. Violations result in a fine of $15, which increases to $40 if the violation occurs at a time when snowplowing operations are underway.
Overnight on-street parking is, however, allowed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, unless a snow emergency has been declared.
During the first two nights of the parking ban, the Police Department typically issues warning notices. This year, 276 warning notices were issued in the early AM on Monday and 37 on Tuesday.
Your compliance with the winter parking ban is appreciated. The City doesn’t want your money. We just want your car off the street.
Clear Sidewalks of Ice and Snow
By city ordinance, property owners are responsible for removing all snow and ice from the public sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 24 hours after the end of a precipitation event.
If you own a corner lot, that includes clearing snow and ice all the way out to where the sidewalk (or sidewalk ramp) meets the gutter at the street corner.
While City crews often come in and “clear corners” after several snowstorms’ worth of buildup, the initial clearing of those corner ramps is still the responsibility of the property owner.
(No point in having sidewalks cleared all the way down the block if you need Sherpa guides to scale the corner snowbanks.)
If you are aware of a property where the snow is not getting cleared from the sidewalks in a timely manner, contact my office. We’ll get Public Works Department staff and equipment out there to clear it, and the Finance Department will issue a bill.
Again, the goal is compliance, not revenue.
TR is a great walking community, summer or winter. Let’s maintain our sidewalks to keep it that way. Walk on!
…And Keep That Snow Out of the Street, Please
There’s also a City ordinance that prohibits depositing snow into the street.
Do not shovel, plow, snowblow or otherwise transfer snow from your private property, or the public sidewalk adjacent to your property, into the street.
…Not into the parking lane along the curb, not into the travel lanes.
It’s pretty obvious why this is prohibited: placing snow into the street can impede parking, create a traffic hazard, or create an even bigger volume of snow for the plow to push into your “downstream” neighbors’ driveways.
Yet, every winter you can see people, particularly people with snowblowers, launching beautiful white arcs of snow right out into the street.
If you are cited for such activity, the fine is anywhere from $50 to $150.
Again, the City doesn’t want your money, just your cooperation and compliance.
Kudos on a Great Christmas Parade!
Thanks to the organizers at Two Rivers Main Street, and to each and every business, service group, old car buff, dog walker, and marching band member (plus anyone else I have left out) who made last Saturday’s Christmas Fantasy Parade in TR a great success!
We were blessed with great weather, and several thousand people lined Washington Street for this wonderful annual event.
Keep Shopping Small!
This Christmas season, let’s all make a pledge to keep “shopping small”—not just on Thanksgiving weekend, but right up until Christmas. No, make that year-round.
In addition to the great local stores that have been here for years, just this Fall TR has welcomed:
–A wonderful new nature store, with a great selection of backyard bird feeders, bird baths, and bird feeding supplies, Seeds ‘n’ Beans at 1813 Washington Street.
–A new local hardware store, Klein Hardware and Custom Woodworking, open seven days per week at 2206 Forest Avenue.
–A new outlet store for brand name housewares, outdoor cooking and game processing supplies, Homestead Outlet at 1618 Washington Street.
–An awesome home décor shop, Home Sweet Home Décor, recently relocated to the Two Rivers Marketplace at Schroeders Department Store.
We’ve got the Two Rivers Clothing Company readying an exciting new quarters on Washington Street, and offering unique, TR-themed apparel at the existing location at 1609 Washington Street. (Including awesome new gear commemorating the Hamilton legacy in Two Rivers.)
And Quilt Essentials on the Lakeshore, opening any day now as the latest addition to the growing Two Rivers Marketplace at Schroeders.
Let’s show these local entrepreneurs, plus others considering an investment in our community, that TR is a town that appreciates and supports its local businesses. Keep shopping small!
Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.