New Hope to declare snow emergencies this winter

New Hope to declare snow emergencies this winter
Posted on 11/26/2019
To provide clarity to residents for parking restrictions during snow events this winter season, New Hope will begin declaring snow emergencies during snow events.

New Hope City Council passed an updated ordinance, changing from “snow removal” to “snow emergency” at Monday night’s city council meeting.

As of this season, a snowfall of 2 inches or more triggers a snow emergency – a full citywide plow call out and associated parking restrictions. (The previous threshold was 1 1/2 inches or more.)

When a snow emergency is declared, all city streets are plowed curb-to-curb. Residents will be notified via the city's digital signage, website and social media.

The most significant change with the updated ordinance residents need to know is the police department’s stronger stance on ticketing and towing of vehicles remaining on the street during a snow emergency.

Parking is prohibited on city streets during a snow emergency, and may not resume on the road until it has been plowed curb-to-curb. In addition to parking restrictions related to snow plowing, New Hope prohibits parking on city streets year-round from 2-6 a.m.

Residents are reminded to keep their trash and recycling bins on their driveways and off the street at all times of the year. Also, it is against city code to deposit or cause to be deposited any snow and ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk or roadway.

For snowfalls of less than 2 inches, the city treats and plows main roadways. Ice control measures are taken throughout the system, and special attention is given to stop signs, hills, bridges and curves.

For questions or concerns regarding snow emergencies or snow removal, contact New Hope Public Works at 763.592.6777.