Snow removal required by city ordinance

In order to enhance safety during significant amounts of snowfall, city officials advise residents to keep snow removal as a top priority — drivers and property owners are also reminded that it is required by law.

"We do have an ordinance that says a car cannot be parked on a public street for longer than 48 hours at a time without being moved — that's year round," Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. "The reason that comes to the forefront in winter time is because the snow plows are plowing around cars that are just setting."

Hunlock said the police enforce the parking ordinance in order to get vehicles off of roadways to allow the street department to clear the snow.

"We've been lucky the last couple of winters not having much snowfall," Hunlock said. "Since we've had somewhat of an irregularity of snowfall this year, we are writing tickets."

In December of 2013, Hunlock said the department wrote a total of 16 tickets for parking violations as a result of snowfall. From Jan.1 through Feb. 13 this year, the department has written 73 tickets. Each parking ticket is $10.

For the full story, see the Saturday, Feb. 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.