To the Editor,

Recently the Village of Ada declared a Snow Emergency and we thought that we would take some time to review with your readers the intent of our declaration. Where the county sheriff may declare snow emergencies and levels that deal with road travel conditions, the Village of Ada declares snow emergencies for the purpose of clearing our roads of snow for adequate parking and travel.

According to Ada Codified Ordinance #351, a snow emergency exists when four inches of snow has accumulated and the Village Administrator and the Chief of Police have declared such an emergency through local media. In our case, the Village of Ada will rely heavily on our Nixle Emergency Notifications System and our Facebook Page. The snow emergency shall exist until such time as the Village Administrator and the Chief of Police declares the emergency over or when the snow has been removed from the roadway.

Through the Codified Ordinance, Council has determined the following roads as Snow Emergency Routes which have also been signed as such on the routes themselves:

- Gilbert Street from Lima Avenue to North Street

- Johnson Street from Lima Avenue to North Street

- Simon Street from Lima Avenue to North Street

- Lincoln Avenue from Corporation line to Corporation line

- Turner Avenue from Main Street to Grand Avenue

- Montford Avenue from Main Street to Liberty Street

- Highland Avenue from Gilbert Street to Simon Street

- Buckeye Avenue from Johnson Street to Grand Avenue

- University Avenue from Main Street to Ream Street.

Vehicles parked in violation of this section may be towed at the expense of the owner. The registered owner of a vehicle parked in violation of this section is prima-facie liable. Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of not more than $100. During a declared snow emergency, this section supersedes all other parking regulations.

Of importance to this ordinance is the need to remove snow from the streets and parking areas in order for vehicles to travel freely. As we all know, parking can become very difficult on some of our narrow streets and this ordinance is designed to improve conditions for all of us. We ask that owners move their cars as soon as it is evident that a substantial snow is or about to fall to help clear our roads.

Any questions may be forwarded to Michael Harnishfeger, Chief of Police