This morning (Tuesday, January 5) the City’s Public Service Director announced that a parking ban was officially in effect — which means if you live or work in Kent and you usually park on the street, you’ll need to make arrangements to park somewhere else until the parking ban is lifted. We realize how inconvenient the parking ban can be, which is why it’s a measure of last resort in the battle of the big snow pile, but at this point Mother Nature has left us no choice. If we can’t get cars off the street, we can’t plow effectively, and if we can’t plow, we can’t keep the streets safe. The City Code is pretty clear on the issue and safe streets trumps inconvenient parking everytime so please comply (so that you don’t find your car towed) and we’ll do our best to keep up with the snowfall so that once it stops we can lift the parking restriction as soon as possible. Thanks for your cooperation.
Here’s the Public Service Director’s Official Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2010
THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE FOR THE CITY OF KENT HAS ANNOUNCED A SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING BAN BEGINNING 9:00AM TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010.
THE PARKING BAN IS BEING PUT INTO AFFECT TO ALLOW CITY CREWS TO CLEAR SNOW AND ICE FROM CITY STREETS DURING THE CURRENT STORM EVENT. THIS PARKING BAN WILL REMAIN IN AFFECT FOLLOWING THE STORM TO ALLOW CITY CREWS TO CONTINUE SNOW REMOVAL EFFORTS. AN UPDATED NEWS RELEASE WILL BE ISSUED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC AS TO THE STATUS OF THIS PARKING BAN AND WHEN IT WILL BE LIFTED.
DURING A SNOW EMERGENCY, PARKING ON ALL CITY STREETS IS BANNED TO PROVIDE FOR SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL. A SNOW EMERGENCY EXISTS DURING ANY 24‑HOUR PERIOD WHEN TWO OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATES.
THIS WINTER SEASON, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ARE REMINDED TO CLEAR PUBLIC SIDEWALKS OF SNOW AND ICE ABUTTING THEIR PROPERTIES.
City of Kent, Ohio
Eugene K. Roberts
Director of Public Service