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City evaluates MC’s snow routes

September 17, 2010

It is never a bad idea to be thinking this early in the year about driving and parking on snowy streets. The Monmouth city council began discussing that issue this week, and Monmouth College students are encouraged to start thinking about it as well.

Two or more inches of snow on the roads mean inconvenient parking for Monmouth College students. The cities snow route ordinances forbid parking on the streets during these conditions. At the city council meeting Sept. 7, Alderman Bob Wells proposed that more streets be added to the snow routes this year.

Monmouth College students get more parking tickets than any other group in the city. During the snowy season, parking tickets and inconvenient walking conditions make the months of December and January the most stressful for Monmouth College students. When two or more inches of snow are on the roads, students are not allowed to park their cars on snow route streets surrounding the college. 

Snow route tickets cost $50 and are issued if cars are parked on D Street from Eleventh Avenue to Broadway and First Street from Second Avenue to Boston. Most cars seen parking on these streets belong to Monmouth College students, making students the prime candidates for tickets during the snowy season.

Eric Hanson, city administrator, claims the problem rests in inadequate communication of information.

“You’re coming into a town and you’re not familiar with all of our city ordinances, so a lot of it is just not knowing,” Hanson said. “However, it is posted; the information is out there.”

Many college students are familiar with the colorful windshield decoration of parking tickets during the winter months. Better communication for Monmouth College students could help solve this problem.

“I am quite confused on the snow routes,” said junior Shara Welter. “I think the school should send a little reminder out once it gets closer to the winter months.”

As a result in the lack of communication, many college students have visited city hall to make a parking ticket payment, sometimes more than once.

 “We see a lot of the same people during that time,” Hanson said. “Some people say they didn’t know and move, but some also get multiple accounts just because they don’t want to pay … it’s an expensive lesson to learn.”

The proposition for changing snow routes will be discussed further at the next city council meeting.

The new snow routes may include: East Ninth Avenue from South Sixth to Main Street; East Third Avenue also from South Sixth to Main Street; Second Avenue from South Main to D Street; Archer Avenue from North Main to North B Street.

BY KASSANDRA DeFRIEZE
Contributing Writer

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