Sioux City City Council rewrites snow emergency ordinances

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Winter weather is a long way off, but Sioux City City Council Members took steps to clarify the city’s snow emergency ordinance Monday evening.  

According to the City of Sioux City City Council, a two-inch snowfall will no longer automatically enact a snow emergency as has been the case in Sioux City for several years. 

In order to remove any confusion, all snow emergencies will now be issued by city officials on an “as-needed basis.” 

Parking on emergency snow routes also is being changed to allow parking after windrows of snow have been removed by city crews. Parking on snow emergency routes will still be prohibited until those windrows are removed by city crews.

Last winter city leaders received complaints from residents and business owners about the snow emergency system. Moore says the new way of issuing a snow emergency should clear up confusion over when a person can and can not park on those emergency routes, while also allowing for a quicker clean-up downtown.

“And we’re hoping that it’ll run smoother, we’re going to make some announcements, we’re going to get the word out to the small businesses so they know what the rules are. Everybody will know what the rules are. It’ll be clearer this year than it certainly was last year,” said Sioux City Mayor Pro-Tem, Dan Moore. 

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