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Huber: Snowfall causes parking problems

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opinion Fargo, 58102
West Fargo Pioneer
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Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

We just recently moved into a different residential neighborhood where parking is at a little less of a premium.

Making that even more obvious the last week is the snow build up on the streets and the need for city snow removal.

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Here is where a real wake-up call is in order for those individuals parking their vehicles on the side streets and not moving them forcing the need for snow removal equipment to go around them.

The end result is snow piled up around the vehicle and a real mess for driving the street.

Residents who like to park their trailers and/or other equipment for an extended period of time on city streets should know that city ordinance states that vehicles cannot park in any one place on a street or alley for longer than 72 hours. This applies to all four seasons of the year.

If you have a big piece of equipment or trailer you need to park, don’t think the city street is your domain.

Rent a storage unit or find some suitable location that is not infringing on parking for other legitimate short term vehicles needing the space.

City ordinance also states that when a heavy snowfall occurs parking prohibition automatically goes into effect on all primary snow emergency routes where there has been an accumulation of snow and ice of three inches or more for one hour or more between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

With the precipitation also comes ice and snow build-up on sidewalks, with the removal of the snow and ice the responsibility of the occupant of the property.

The ordinance states that no snow or ice may be allowed to stand or remain upon any public sidewalk within the city of West Fargo. If any person or corporation either neglects or refuses to clean the sidewalk abutting their property, the city can take action and have city crews coordinate the effort and assess the property owner for the work.

Another area of concern are sump hoses across sidewalks, which when they drain causes the water to freeze, making for extremely slippery situations.

The city ordinance pertaining to sump pumps clearly states they may not be placed on or over a public sidewalk, as they present a distinct hazard for individuals walking on the sidewalks. Property owners may request permission from the city to bury their sump pump hose under the sidewalk as a way of conforming to the ordinance.

When it comes to larger snowfall events, a little bit of common sense and consideration for others will go a long way.

Take the time to move your vehicle, and don’t wait for the snow to become rock hard on your sidewalk before you decide to clean if off.

Being reactive right away will make the job a whole lot easier for everyone.

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