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Winter Parking Hours Amended to Align with Snow Plowing

The Oakdale city council approved an amendment to the winter parking ordinance.

Parking restrictions have changed since the city council approved an amendment to the Winter Parking ordinance last week. 

The item was a consensus motion on last week's city council agenda. 

The Oakdale Police Department requested a modification to the hours that restrict on-street parking in the winter months. The change would allow the hours to better align with Public Works snow removal. 

The parking restrictions were 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. and have now been changed to midnight (12 a.m.) to 5 a.m. due to the amendment. 

In addition to the time change, the OPD proposed another addition that requires any police officer who finds a vehicle parked on a city street after the accumulation of two or more inches of snow or during a snow removal operation must try to contact the vehicle's owner before moving the vehicle. 

According to the council documents, winter parking signs are already scheduled to be replaced during 2013. Due to the pending sign replacements, police will only issue winter parking warning tickets violations of Section 12-11 paragraph (b) for the rest of 2013, according to the council document. 

Section 12-11 paragraph (b): 

Following the accumulation of two inches or more of snowfall in the city, it shall be unlawful for the driver or owner of any motor vehicle to park or leave standing such vehicle, trailer or implement on any street or alley within the corporate limits of the City of Oakdale. Pakring may not be resumed on any streets or alleys until snow removal has been completed on said streets. Any police officer who finds a motor vehicle in violation of this paragraph or during an active snow removal operation shall attempt to contact the owner of the motor vehicle and require the owner to immediately remove the motor vehicle so as not to be in violation of this section. If the owner does not immediately remove the motor vehicle or the owner cannot be located, the police officer is authorized to have the motor vehicle removed pursuant to Sec. 12-12 of this Article.

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