City asks for cooperation

Business owners, drivers face winter restrictions

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— When snow flies in Steamboat, the possibilities for fines start piling up.

City officials said Thursday that they plan to begin fining drivers and store owners who do not follow parking and snow removal regulations.

Drivers should heed regulations about overnight parking on city streets, said Jim Weber, the city's public works director. The restrictions are meant to keep vehicles clear of plowing.

Officials issued about 50 warnings to people who parked their cars illegally during the past couple of nights, Weber said. But warnings no longer will be issued. Since Thursday night, people parked on city streets during restricted times face fines.

Weber said public works employees also have been working with builders to be sure they know where to store snow on their construction sites.

"We're just trying to keep up with the storms. We appreciate everyone's cooperation," he said.

City Manager Paul Hughes is asking business owners to do their part by shoveling the sidewalks in front of their shops, as required by law. The city has received complaints about unshoveled sidewalks from pedestrians and wheelchair users, Hughes said. Keeping sidewalks clear is not the city's responsibility.

"We rely on property owners to do it," he said. City officials plan to issue citations to store owners who do not comply with the law.

Business owners also should note that bus stops are not snow storage areas, said George Krawzoff, the city's director of transportation services.

Public works employees are responding to the snowy conditions as efficiently as possible, Weber said.

He asks people to be patient, because sometimes crews will wait until a snow storm is finished or for more than one snowy day to pass before they plow.

"Based on the volume of snow that we're looking at right now, snow removal downtown is a two-night activity," Weber said.

-- To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229 or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com

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