Commission adopts a Major Snow Event Ordinance
The City’s Major Snow Event Ordinance Section 102-88 is designed to keep streets open for emergency travel during snow events and to keep streets safe and passable once the weather has lifted. This can be a difficult challenge in a city as densely populated as Bay City. Declaring a Major Snow Event triggers the requirement that all cars parked on the roadway be removed in advance of major snow accumulations so that the plows can do their work. The City has identified a number of parking location options during the Event for those with limited or no off-road parking. Maps and their locations can be found on the City’s website at www.baycitymi.org.
A Major Snow Event is generally declared prior to the start of a predicted storm of six or more inches of snow/sleet. The enforcement of parking restrictions will eliminate impassable streets and snowed-in parking that constitute a major hazard to residents, businesses and, above all, first responders to Public Safety and medical calls.
After the initial notice of a Major Snow Event has been given, a motor vehicle parked on any roadway within any designated area must be removed in accordance with the following schedule:
1) Within two (2) hours for any motor vehicle parked on state trunk lines (state highways) and streets designated as major streets by the City’s street plan; and
2) Within eight (8) hours for any motor vehicle parked on streets designated as local streets by the City’s street plan.
Per the ordinance, vehicles not moved will be subject to ticketing and towing. Ticketing and towing will begin immediately after the time period has elapsed. Towing may be necessary before the snow hits the ground to ensure streets are fully accessible for the plows.
NOTE: For this first 2016-2017 snow season Public Safety will focus on education and no vehicles will be towed. However, depending on the situation citations may be issued if a parked car is creating an unsafe condition. Questions regarding the Major Snow Event Ordinance may be directed to Public Works at 894-8311.