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   (a)   Whenever, during any period of 24 hours or less, snow falls in the City to a depth of two inches or more, an emergency is declared to exist in that such a heavy snow storm constitutes a serious public hazard impairing transportation, the movement of food and fuel supplies, medical care, fire, health and police protection and other vital facilities of the City.  Such emergency shall continue until an announcement by the Safety Director that snow plowing operations have been completed, which announcement shall be made in the same manner as outlined in subsection (b) hereof.
   (b)   Whenever such an emergency exists, the Director shall request the cooperation of the local press and radio and television stations to announce the emergency and the time that the emergency parking regulations will become effective, which time shall be not sooner than one hour after the first announcement.  The announcement by two local radio stations or by two local television stations shall constitute notice to the general public of the existence of the emergency.  However, owners and operators of motor vehicles shall have full responsibility to determine existing weather conditions and to comply with the emergency parking regulations.
   (c)   During the period of the emergency, the Director may prohibit the parking of any vehicle upon any City street.  During the emergency, no person shall park, cause to be parked, permit to be parked, permit to remain parked or abandoned or leave unattended any vehicle of any kind or description upon such specified street.  However, a vehicle may be parked for a period of not longer than three minutes for actual loading or unloading of property, provided that no other ordinance restricting parking as to place or time is violated thereby.
   (d)   Signs shall be posted where parking is banned during a snow emergency.
   (e)   Any motor vehicle parked in violation of this section may be removed in accordance with this Traffic Code, in addition to the penalty provided in Sections 408.01 and 408.02.
(Ord. 109-81.  Passed 11-23-81.)