Vehicles parked along the street like those shown above have gotten in the way of snow removal crews and may be cited by city police beginning Friday. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Times Bulletin Staff Report
VAN WERT — Police Chief Joel Hammond has put out a warning to owners of cars parked along Van Wert streets that have been surrounded by snow from city plows. These cars are causing problems for crews trying to clear city streets.
Hammond issued a statement on Wednesday advising owners of these cars that police will start writing parking citations as of Friday.
“Numerous vehicles have not been moved for longer than seven days and are now surrounded by a large amount of snow. These vehicles are making it difficult for the Street Department to plow and clear the streets and are hampering traffic flow, especially for emergency vehicles,” Hammond stated.
City ordinance states that parking on a city street for more than seven consecutive days is prohibited and is punishable as a minor misdemeanor with a $125 bond. Being snowbound does not exempt car owners from complying with the ordinance.
All residents are urged to comply with the ordinance prior to the Friday enforcement date.