As area residents brace for another blast of snow, discussion continued this week at the Morris City Council meeting on snow removal and possible winter parking regulations for next year. City Manager Blaine Hill told the KMRS Community Connection that there already is a long-standing city ordinance that no vehicle should stay on the street for more than 24 hours. Hill noted the City is trying to balance practices that make it easier for the snow plows – and ultimately drivers – versus the convenience and sometimes necessity for residents to park on those streets through the winter.
“In the case of snow removal, we would just as soon have all the vehicles off the road before we plow so we don’t have to come back,” said Hill. “There are some spots in town that you can still tell where the vehicles were because there’s a little ridge of snow that was built up. And that’s what was said last (Tuesday) at the Council meeting — a little ridge of snow that was built up around there and why can’t you come back and scrape it off. Well, it’s hard. They’d probably have to get the road grader in there to scrape down hard enough to get it taken off.”
Hill acknowledged that enforcement of parking issues can be a challenge and other issues come into play, as well – such as when plows get sent out and the financial cost of paying crews overtime on weekends.