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Snow removal, winter parking reminders

Article Published 10/02/2008

It may be hard to believe, but Old Man Winter is just around the corner. Time to get the snow blower out of storage, maybe buy a new snow shovel, and dig out the winter boots! And with snow showers imminent, certain resident responsibilities are also expected.

With the onset of winter, Layton Police would like to remind/educate residents on City ordinances that govern snow removal and parking restrictions. Compliance with these ordinances provides a safer environment for everyone to enjoy our community.

Layton City Ordinance 12.4.050 states all accumulations of snow, sleet, hail or other precipitation shall be removed from the sidewalks within 12 hours from the termination of the storm. Compliance with this ordinance provides safer routes for pedestrians, joggers, and children walking to school.

By keeping trees and bushes cut and maintained in compliance with Layton City Ordinance 19.16.080(d), City work trucks are able to better clear snow from City streets. Low hanging branches cause damage to City vehicles and prevent them from clearing snow from the entire roadway. The ordinance states trees and bushes must be cut and maintained 7 feet above the sidewalk and 13 feet 6 inches above the street. This includes trees and/or bushes in the parking strip.

Layton City Ordinance 12.4.060 prohibits residents from depositing snow onto a City street. Large piles of snow put back on the street after it has been plowed create unnecessary hazards for motorists.

Parking can also be a problem during the winter months. Parking ordinance 10.62.010 prohibits parking on the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the months of December, January and February, or any other time when the removal of snow from the streets is apparent, imminent or necessary.

The purpose of this ordinance is to allow snow plow drivers to do their job thoroughly and without obstruction.

It is the hope of City officials and the Police Department to work in conjunction with all residents to make our community a safer place to live and work. Additional information about City ordinances can be obtained by visiting www.laytoncity.org and selecting the Municipal Code option, or by contacting Sgt. John Holden at (801) 336-3484.