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The Town of Rockford declared a citywide snow emergency, effective today, January 25, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. This means that parking regulations will be in effect, with the odd side of the street designated for parking today at 6:00 p.m. and the even side of the street designated for parking tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. The emergency is snowing will remain in effect until the Public Works Department determines that it is no longer necessary.

The main objective of the snow emergency is to allow municipal teams to efficiently and safely remove snow and ice from city streets. The odd/even parking regulation is put in place to ensure the plows can maneuver on the streets without difficulty. If a snow or ice storm reaches a point where streets become difficult to clear, city officials can declare a snow emergency.

During a snow emergency, residents are required to park their vehicle on the odd side of the street when the date ends on an odd number and on the even side of the street when the date ends on an even number. For example, on January 5, residents parked on the odd side of the street. If the snow emergency continues the next day at 8:00 a.m., vehicles must be moved to the even side of the street.

It is important to note that failure to comply with the odd/even parking regulations may result in a parking ticket, which incurs a cost of $60.00. Additionally, the residential area between West 20th Street and Kishwaukee Street, Harrison Avenue to the north, and Rural Street has historically been problematic for city crews to plow during past storms due to vehicles parked on both sides. from the street. Therefore, residents of this area are encouraged to move their vehicles either off the street or to the appropriate side of the street as specified by the odd/even parking bylaw.

There are a few important points to remember during a snow emergency:

  • If your street is marked as “No Parking” on one side of the street, the Snow emergency declaration allows you to legally park in the restricted area during the period when the snow emergency declaration is in effect.
  • Don’t assume you can move your car when the street is plowed. Your car should remain parked appropriately until the snow emergency is lifted.
  • All vehicles must be moved to the correct side of the street by 8:00 a.m.
  • The Town of Rockford or its contractors are not responsible for clearing driveways.
    For questions or concerns, residents can contact Mitch Leatherby at (779) 348-7631 or Kyle Saunders at (779) 348-7371.

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