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Snow Ordinance Nov. 1st - March 31st

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of Fayette would like to remind you that effective November 1st through March 31st, the City of Fayette will be enforcing the Snow Removal Ordinance. An excerpt of the Ordinance reads as follows:

     69.12 SNOW REMOVAL. No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any City street or alley from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. or during any snow removal operations when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency to exist. Signs indicating the November 1st through March 31st shall be posted and maintained in proper order by the Street Department at each entrance to Fayette so proper notification can be given to motorists. All motor vehicles left parked, unattended or abandoned on any city street from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. shall be ticketed by Law Enforcement Officials or their designee and towed at the discretion of the Law Enforcement Officials or their designee at the owner’s expense to the nearest facility, garage or impound yard approved by the Police Chief. All impounded vehicles under this ordinance may be released only after the costs of impoundment have been paid in full with cash or assurety. All tickets issued under this ordinance must be paid within a 72 hour period unless the vehicle’s owner is otherwise granted an extension by the Mayor following a formal request for a public hearing before the City Council.

Following a winter storm where the accumulation of six (6) inches of snow or more has fallen, or when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency, no person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any street or alley, or in any off-street parking areas in the public right-of-way and lying between the property lines along the sidewalk areas and the street edge until such snow has been moved back by City Street Department crews. In areas of town where sidewalk does not exist, the City Map indicating right of ways, which is posted in the Council Chambers in City Hall, should be used as a guide. This is to allow the City Street Department crews to clear snow back away from the street’s edge and to promote safety through increased visibility and a roadway free of narrowing or unnecessary obstructions.

In the event a Snow Emergency is declared by the Mayor to exist, the City Administrator/Clerk or the Chief of Police shall immediately notify the area news stations via facsimile of the declared Snow Emergency stating the time and date of the posting along with the period for which the Emergency is in force.

For the purpose of declaring the traveled portion areas of a street or alley, this would include all hard-surfaced areas of the street and forty-eight (48) inches from the edge of the street which is maintained by the City known as the shoulder.

A full copy of this City Ordinance is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at www.fayetteiowa.com.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

Snow & Ice Removal

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

SNOW REMOVAL

The City of Fayette would like to remind you of the Fayette City Code regarding snow removal:

135.12    DUMPING OF SNOW. It is unlawful for any person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley temporarily, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent. Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.

136.03    REMOVAL OF SNOW, ICE AND ACCUMULATIONS. It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within twenty-four (24) hours after it snows, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

The City of Fayette Public Works employees would like to request that all vehicles parallel park on Main Street when there is snow until all the snow has been removed. A full copy of the Fayette City Code is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at www.fayetteiowa.com.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

Snow Mobile Route

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

SNOW-MOBILES

75.04    PLACES OF OPERATION. The operators of ATV’s and snow-mobiles shall comply with the following restrictions as to where ATV’s and snowmobiles may be operated within the City:

1.             Streets. ATV’s and snowmobiles shall be operated only upon streets which have not been plowed during the snow season and on the following designated streets:

                A. Along Hwy 150 on Iowa Dept. of Transportation Right-of way consistent with Iowa State Law.

                B. Main Street, from the north corporate line to Water Street.

                C. East Water Street, from Main Street to Washington Street.

                D. Washington Street, from E. Water Street to the County Road (C24) to Wadena.

                E. County Road (C24) “Wadena Road” to the east corporate line.

                F. East State Street, from Washington Street to Main Street.

                G. From the intersection of Highway 150, west of 515 E. Water Street (The Pumper) to the recreation trail east of the Highway 150 bridge and on the recreation trail to the Main Street bridge. The portion of the recreation trail west of the Highway 150 bridge is not allowed.

                H. Other Streets: Snowmobiles may be operated on any street within the city for the sole and exclusive purpose of using the most direct roadway for the ingress or egress to/from the city. No snowmobile shall be driven on any roadway or right-of-way except for the provisions listed in this chapter.

 

2.       Exceptions. ATV’s and snowmobiles may be operated on prohibited streets only under the following circumstances:

                              A.             Emergencies. ATV’s and snowmobiles may be operated on any street in an emergency during the period of time when and at locations where snow upon the roadway renders travel by conventional motor vehicles impractical.

                              B.             Direct Crossing. ATV’s and snowmobiles may make a direct crossing of a prohibited street provided:

                                        (1)            The crossing is made at an angle of approximately ninety degrees (90°) to the direction of the street & at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick & safe crossing;

                                        (2)            The ATV or snowmobile is brought to a complete stop before crossing the street;

                                        (3)            The driver yields the right-of-way to all on-coming traffic which constitutes an immediate hazard; and

                                        (4)            In crossing a divided street, the crossing is made only at an intersection of such street with another street.

3.       Railroad Right-of-way. ATV’s and snowmobiles shall not be operated on an operating railroad right-of-way. An ATV or snowmobile may be driven directly across a railroad right-of-way only at an established crossing and notwithstanding any other provisions of law may, if necessary, use the improved portion of the established crossing after yielding to all oncoming traffic.

                      4.             Trails. ATV’s shall not be operated on snowmobile trails and snowmobiles shall not be operated on all-terrain vehicle trails except where so designated.

                      5.             Parks and Other City Land. ATV’s and snowmobiles shall not be operated in any park, playground or upon any other City-owned property without the express permission of the City. A snowmobile shall not be operated on any City land without a snow cover of at least one-tenth of one inch.

                       6.             Sidewalk or Parking. ATV’s and snowmobiles shall not be operated upon the public sidewalk or that portion of the street located between the curb line and the sidewalk or property line commonly referred to as the “parking” except for purposes of crossing the same to a public street upon which operation is authorized by this chapter.

75.05   HOURS OF OPERATION. No snowmobile shall be operated in the City between the hours of ten-thirty o’clock (10:30) p.m. and eight o’clock (8:00) a.m. except for emergency situations or for loading and unloading from a transport trailer.

A full copy of the Fayette City Code is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at www.fayetteiowa.com.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

Last Day for Leaf Pick-up & Yard Waste Site

    • The last day for leaf pick-up will be this coming Monday, November 13th (unless it snows and the ground is covered with snow, then leaf pick-up will be over for the season).
    • The last day the Fayette Yard Waste Site will be open is Wednesday, November 15th.  Then, the site will be closed for the winter and the City of Fayette will notify the citizens when it will reopen in the spring.  The City Yard Waste Disposal Site is open on Wednesdays from 2PM-4PM and on Saturdays from 8AM-10AM for disposing of branches, sticks, leaves and other yard waste.  Yard waste may also be burned, but burning of trash is prohibited.

Community invited to hear economic/housing ideas

   Two meetings/presentations have been scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th at 3:30PM at Upper Iowa University’s Student Center Ballroom and at 6:30PM in the ICN Room at the Fayette Community Library (use back door) as Zachary Mannheimer will provide cultural, economic and housing development recommendations for the Fayette community.  Mannheimer previously met with UIU students, the Fayette City Council, the Fayette Opera House Board and Fayette community members to develop unique ideas for the community and economic growth.  Community members are encouraged to attend one of the meetings/presentations.

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