[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Ridley Park 6-12-2001 by Ord. No. 1105. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall hereafter be referred to as the "Snow Emergency Ordinance."
It is hereby declared to be in the best interest of the public safety to regulate and restrict the parking of vehicles on the streets of the Borough during snow emergencies.
The following words or phrases, when use in this chapter, shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- Any precipitation depositing any accumulation on the streets of the Borough, including snow, sleet, hail, ice or freezing rain.
- SNOW EMERGENCY
- An emergency under which highway conditions are declared, as herein described, to be hazardous and dangerous to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
- SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES or SNOW ROUTES
- All streets within the Borough so designated and marked as hereinafter set forth.
- All motor vehicles as defined by the Motor Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Borough is hereby directed to erect official signs providing "parking prohibited during snow emergency" along those Borough streets so restricted and posted.
Editor's Note: A listing of the streets so restricted and posted is on file in the Borough offices.
When, in the opinion of the Mayor, the actual or expected precipitation of snow creates or is likely to create hazardous or dangerous highway conditions for vehicular or pedestrian traffic, the Mayor is hereby authorized to declare a snow emergency. The Mayor shall immediately notify the Borough Manager/Secretary, the police of the Borough and news media serving the Borough.
The Mayor shall be deemed to have declared a snow emergency in the event that the accumulation of snow exceeds two inches or more.
Such snow emergency shall continue in force and effect until such time as the Mayor shall declare the emergency no longer exists by notifying the Borough Manager/Secretary, the police of the Borough and news media serving the Borough.
Two hours after a snow emergency has been declared and during its existence, no vehicle shall be parked, stalled, incapable of moving under its own power or left unattended upon any snow emergency route.
Any vehicle parked, stalled, incapable of moving under its own power or left unattended upon any snow emergency route may be removed or towed away, at the owner's expense, at a minimum charge of $45 for towing, by persons authorized by the police to any location. The registered owner of such vehicle shall be advised of the location of the vehicle so moved.
Any persons violating any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $25 and costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of said fine and costs of prosecution, undergo imprisonment for not more that five days.