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Monmouth to forgive snow route tickets

March 7, 2012

MONMOUTH— Due to untimely notification of this weekend’s snow emergency, the City of Monmouth is reducing Snow Emergency Street parking tickets down to a warning. Affected students and Monmouth residents are asked to take the ticket to City Hall for the reduction.

On Sunday, March 4, at 6:33 p.m., the Monmouth Police Department declared a snow emergency due to a Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service that indicated a quick 1 to 3 inches of snow could accumulate by 8 p.m. A snow emergency declaration is to provide a timely notification to Monmouth residents to move vehicles on snow emergency streets to ensure a timely and efficient removal of snow from those streets. In the event of a snow emergency, the Monmouth Police Department notifies area media and Monmouth College. The Monmouth Police Department disseminated information about the snow emergency, but due to the unusual nature of this snow event and the time period in that the snow emergency was declared, some residents did not receive a timely notification.

The Monmouth Police Department asks that Monmouth residents be aware of the ordinance that prohibits parking or leaving a vehicle on a snow emergency street once a snow emergency has been declared and that if snow begins to precipitate or accumulate, that a snow emergency will likely be declared. In doing so, residents will be able to ensure timely and efficient removal of snow from snow emergency streets in Monmouth.

If there are any questions pertaining to the snow emergency street ordinance, please contact Deputy Chief Joe Switzer at the Monmouth Police Department at 309-734-8383.

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