(a)   Whenever, during any period of twenty-four hours or less, there is a snow accumulation of an average depth of four or more inches, an emergency is declared to exist in that such accumulation 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 Director of Public Service that snow removal operations have been completed.
   (b)   Whenever such an emergency exists, the Director of Public Service shall announce the emergency by local press and/or radio and such emergency shall become effective at a time designated by the Director of Public Service, but not sooner than one hour following the first announcement. Such announcement shall constitute notice to the general public of the existence of the emergency, provided, however, that the owners and operator still have full responsibility to determine existing weather conditions and to comply with emergency parking regulations.
   (c)   During the existence of the emergency, it shall be unlawful for any person to park or cause to the parked or permit to remain parked, or to abandon or leave unattended, any vehicle on any street or portion thereof, provided, however, that vehicles may be parked for a period of not longer than fifteen (15) minutes for actual loading or unloading of passengers or property; provided further that snow removal equipment is not being operated on such street and that no other ordinance restricting parking is violated thereby.
   (d)   Any motor vehicle parked in violation of this prohibition is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and may be removed from the street and towed to a respective towing company lot for redemption by the vehicle owner at the cost and expense of the owner thereof.
   (e)   In addition to the foregoing penalty, any person violating the provision of this section shall be fined ($10.00) ten dollars.
(Ord. 040217-08. Passed 2-17-04.)