Ordinance 465

ORDINANCE NO. 465

 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF 

ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY, IOWA,

OF SECTION 11, CHAPTER 69,

SNOW EMERGENCY

                                          

 BE IT ENACTED by the City Council of the City of La Porte City, Iowa: 

 SECTION 1.   SECTION REPEALED AND REPLACED.  The Code of Ordinances of the City of La Porte City, Iowa, is hereby amended by deleting the existing Section 11, Chapter 69, and adopting the following new Section 11, Chapter 69 in lieu thereof:

69.11 SNOW EMERGENCY. A snow emergency is defined as any accumulation of snow requiring street clearance. If the accumulation is due to a snow or ice storm, the emergency shall continue through the duration of the snow or ice storm and the forty-eight (48) hour period after cessation of such storm. If the accumulation is not due to a snow or ice storm, the emergency shall continue for 48 hours from the emergency declaration. Such emergency conditions shall be determined by the Public Works Director, and may be extended or shortened when conditions warrant. No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley, or City-owned off-street parking area, except the City Parking Lot on Main Street, during any snow emergency unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street or alley or until the snow has ceased to fall. The Public Works Director is directed to publicize the requirements using available news media, in early November each year. Where predictions or occurrences indicate the need, the Public Works Director shall inform the news media to publicize the emergency and the parking rules thereunder.

The Public Works Director, the Public Works Director’s designee, or the La Porte City Police Department shall be authorized to cause the towing of vehicles blocking traffic or parking on a La Porte City street, alley, or City-owned off-street parking area during a snow emergency. The owner of the vehicle shall pay the costs of towing and storage occasioned by the removal of the vehicle. A violation of this section shall be subject to the provisions of Section 70.03 of this Code of Ordinances.

 SECTION 2.  REPEALER.  All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed. 

SECTION 3.  SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.  If any section, provision or part of this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole, or any section, provision or part thereof not adjudged invalid or unconstitutional. 

SECTION 4. WHEN EFFECTIVE.  This ordinance shall be in effect from and after its final passage, approval and publication as provided by law. 

PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL the 11th day of June 2012, and APPROVED this 11th day of June, 2012. 

Rick Lubben, Mayor

 ATTEST: Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk

First Reading passed –  6/11/2012

Second Reading  passed – waived, 6/11/2012

Third Reading, adopted –   6/11/2012

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