Snow Emergency Information Posted 10-30-12
Due to the location of Belle Plaine, snow, ice, or freezing rain can be expected during the winter season. Snow and ice control are basically emergency work in which City streets must be cleared at any time of the day or night. The City of Belle Plaine considers removal an emergency service and must undertake operations using methods, resources, and equipment necessary to keep access to the City open and safe as possible during snow and ice events. Therefore, the City has a “Snow Emergency” Ordinance, that means a special condition of a snowfall or ice event requiring residents to remove their vehicles off any public street, alley, or public areas in the public right-of-way and immediately adjacent of the travel portion of a street.
A 48-hour snow emergency ban shall begin upon declaration by City officials and may be lengthened or shortened as conditions warrant. Any snowfall or ice event shall be considered to place the parking ban into effect where accumulation is apparent or predicted by the National Weather Service for the Belle Plaine area.
A snow emergency may be declared in advance of an anticipated storm, to start at a specific time, or may be declared anytime during or after a storm. Residents should not assume just because the street appears to be cleared the ban has been lifted. That a snow emergency has been declared will be communicated to the public through cable channel, radio, TV channels 2, 7, 9, and the City web page.
The parking ban does not apply to the downtown area, 12th Street from 7th Avenue to 11th Avenue; 8th & 9th Avenues from 11th to 13th Street from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. However, the ban in these areas shall remain in full-force from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. year round. During any snow emergency parking shall be permitted in the City parking lot located between 7th & 8th Avenues between the railroad tracks and 11th Street.
Vehicles that are found in violation of this ordinance are subject to towing with the owner subject to a $30.00 fine. If you have questions or would like further information on the Snow Emergency ordinance please contact City Hall (444-2200) or check the City web page.