With the first substantial snowfall of the season anticipated for Sunday, Nov. 25, Geneva residents should be prepared to move their parked cars off the street to ensure the City’s plowing operations run efficiently throughout the community.
The City strongly recommends residents and visitors move their cars from the streets when a snow storm is forecasted to avoid being ticketed or having their vehicles towed. Parking is prohibited when snowfall reaches 2 inches on posted “Snow Emergency Routes” (main collector streets with higher speed limits) and 3 inches for residential roadways. These secondary streets include alleys, cul-de-sacs and dead ends.
The Public Works Department’s primary objective during winter storms is to remove snow and ice to provide safe driving conditions for motorists and emergency vehicles. The Police Department works cooperatively with Public Works to enforce parking bans declared during significant snow events. With the cooperation from residents and visitors, Public Works crews will be able to maximize the effectiveness of their snow removal operations.
When road conditions become hazardous, “Snow Emergency Routes” are cleared of snow and ice first before crews will transition to residential neighborhoods. Parking is not permitted on secondary streets at any time within 12 hours following a snowfall of 3 inches or more or until a street has been plowed to the curb. During a major snowstorm, secondary streets will receive one pass in each direction to provide access for motorists and emergency vehicles. When the snowfall has ended, all streets will be plowed curb-to-curb.
The Geneva Public Works Department also can call for restricted parking on the basis of a forecast by the National Weather Service or other weather agency for snow, sleet or freezing rain. If weather conditions are predicted to be hazardous to motorists, a parking ban may be put into effect to promote public safety and welfare on the roadways. Access to snow emergency routes and secondary streets is important to providing emergency services to all residents and visitors as quickly as possible.
During major snow events, people can find plowing updates posted on the City’s website. People can subscribe to receive those updates by clicking the “Notify Me” button and selecting “Community Alerts.” Information also will be available on the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In the event of a light snowfall of less than an inch – and plowing operations are not necessary – salt will be lightly applied to snow routes, schools, hills, curves and intersections with stop signs.
Geneva plows 244 total lane miles during a snow storm. More information about the Geneva’s snow plowing operations can be found on the City’s website. Plowing questions can be directed to the Public Works Department via an online request that can be accessed by clicking the “Report A Concern” button.