Winter Storm Warning: Johnston Snow Ordinance In Effect
The ordinance takes effect at 10 p.m. tonight.
There isn't any snow on the ground just yet, but the city of Johnston is prepared.
The city's snow ordinance is in effect starting at 10 p.m.
The ordinance means no parking on any streets in Johnston during the snow.
Additional information on Snow Storms in Johnston:
Parking on Public Streets
Notices are sent out to all major media outlets notifying residents that the city will plow streets in the early morning hours, said Dave Cubit, public works director.
However, plans may not be solidified until 3 a.m., so as a rule of thumb, residents should move their cars from the street if snow is expected to accumulate three inches or more.
"What will happen is we'll come in at 3 a.m. and put out a notification to the media. If someone goes to bed at 11 p.m. and it's now 4 a.m. and they have a ticket on their car," Cubit said. "Very rarely does it snow that much without a warning."
Johnston Police officers respond to calls from plow drivers about vehicles illegally parked during a ban. Parking in public streets during plowing can result in a fine or towing of the vehicle.
For a list of snow routes and maps click here.
Residents have 48 hours after the snowfall ends to have their sidewalk cleared, Cubit said.
The public works department does not clear driveways, however, at times snow being plowed in the street will accumulate at the end of driveways.
"We do not intentionally put snow in driveways, but we have no means of making it not go there," Cubit said.
Dumping, throwing or pushing of snow from private properties onto public property is prohibited and punishable by fine.
"You can't snow blow from your driveway and put it in the street," Cubit said.
It is not uncommon for a mailbox to be damaged during snow removal, Cubit said.
"Every year we kill a few of them," he said. "Our drivers are not bad aims, but the snow that comes from the plows knocks them down."
Drivers review their routes in late fall or early winter to make note of mailboxes that are in need of repair.
"It's amazing, some are tied to a flat piece of wood by a bungee cord," Cubit said.
Damaging a mailbox with a plow truck is difficult, Cubit said. Most times if a mailbox comes in contact with a truck, it is destroyed.
"If we hit one, it's a 40,000-pound machine going 20 miles per hour, odds are the mailbox is relocated to another dimension."
If a resident discovers their mailbox has been damaged by a city snowplow, they are asked to contact public works at 278-0822. The public works department will investigate the damage. If the investigation determines the damage is from a city snowplow, the city will repair the damage, provide a standard replacement mailbox or reimburse a resident up to the cost of a standard mailbox.