Cities prepare for snowstorm

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The Quad-City area can expect several inches of heavy snow starting Monday into early Tuesday, with wind gusts up to 35 mph that will make travel hazardous by Monday evening.

Quad-City municipalities are planning ahead:

Illinois

Coal Valley

The Village of Coal Valley will be under both an ice and snow emergency effective 6 a.m. Monday until noon Wednesday. The ordinance says “It shall be unlawful for any person to allow a vehicle to remain on any village Street, avenue, alley, or village parking lot within the village following a snowfall occurrence of two inches or more.” Officials also remind property owners to remove snow and ice from their portion of public sidewalk within 24 hours of a snow/ice event.

East Moline

The City of East Moline is declaring a snow emergency starting at 2 p.m. on Monday and expiring at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Motorists are asked to not park on posted, designated snow routes until snow has stopped and the street is plowed.

Galesburg

A snow emergency will take effect for the City of Galesburg at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Parking is prohibited on all Galesburg city streets during the snow emergency. Vehicles parked on City streets (except in the central business district) during the time will be subject to ticketing and towing.

The parking prohibition will remain in effect until all streets are cleared.

Moline

City of Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri has issued an executive order declaring both a snow emergency and a civil state of emergency effective at 6 p.m. Sunday because of the National Weather Service’s declaration of a Winter Storm Watch for Moline.

Residents must move their vehicles off designated snow routes to assist in the snow removal
effort, a news release says. Residents may find the designated snow routes at: https://moline.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/367/SnowRouteMap

Acri has authorized and directed the director of public works to assign City forces and equipment from all departments and directed the director of public works to use contracted forces and equipment to achieve the level of service for all streets, including residential streets, as
set by the City Council at its Jan. 5 meeting.

“At the recent Council Meeting we reviewed our response to prior snow events and evaluated options that could improve the outcome for residents. We weighed the value of pretreatment, early response, and the benefits to be had from supplementing the work of city crews with contractors. As part our improvement plan, equipment and staff resources from other public works departments will be utilized and the residential areas will be plowed continuously once 2” of snow has accumulated for this snow event,” Acri said.

Morrison

The City of Morrison has declared a snow emergency effective on Monday at 6 p.m.

During this snow emergency:

  • No parking on snow routes which include Lincolnway (Route 30), Jackson Street, Heaton Street, Winfield Street, Genesee Street, Genesee Avenue, Genesee Court, Illinois Route 78 (which includes part of Wall Street, Clinton Street, and Portland Avenue), High Street, and Academic Drive.
  • No overnight parking in the Central Business District bound by Lincolnway (Route 30) to the north, the Railroad Tracks to the south, Clinton Street to the east, and Orange Street to the west.
  • Calendar parking begins each day at 8 a.m.

The snow emergency is in effect until Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Violations of the snow emergency carry a minimum fine of $25 to $75 and vehicles may be towed.

Rock Falls

The City of Rock Falls has declared a snow emergency effective Monday at 12 p.m. until Tuesday at 6 p.m.

All odd/even and snow route parking restrictions will be in effect.

If you must go out, travel with caution and be prepared in case of an emergency.

Rock Island

The City of Rock Island is declaring a snow emergency effective at noon on Monday.

Once snow reaches a depth of two inches, parking in not allowed on any marked snow routes until the snow has stopped and has been cleared.

Vehicles parked on marked snow routes can receive a $35 parking ticket and may be subject to tow.

The City is asking residents to avoid parking on residential streets to help in the snow removal.

Beginning at 11 p.m., there will be no on-street parking allowed in the downtown business area (15th Street to 23rd Street, 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue) due to snow removal operations. Free parking will be available in the parking ramp at 17th Street and 3rd Avenue and in City Lot C at 1st Avenue and 20th Street. Parking in downtown will be allowed beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Rock Island County

The Rock Island County Health Department will remain open on Tuesday.

Silvis

By the order of Mayor Matthew Carter, the City of Silvis will issue a snow emergency from 1 p.m. on Monday until 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Parking is not allowed on City streets between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. when snow has accumulated to a depth of two inches or more, or until crews have cleared the street and the snow has stopped.

Snow cleared from driveways and sidewalks is not allowed to be deposited on City streets.

Vehicles in violation of the parking restrictions are subject to fine and towing.

Sterling

The City of Sterling has declared that a Snow Emergency will be in effect Monday at Noon.

After that time, all vehicles must be parked in accordance with the City of Sterling’s Snow Emergency Parking Regulations.

  1. No parking on Snow Routes until all snow has been removed from the full width of the street.
  2. No parking in the Central Business District and in city parking lots from 1:30 A.M. to 5:30 A.M.
  3. Odd and even parking restrictions will be in effect on all other City Streets. On the odd days of the month, you park on the odd-numbered side of the street; and on even days of the month, you park on the even-numbered side of the street. Odd and even days will be considered as beginning between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. You will not be ticketed between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. Odd and even numbered sides of the street refer to the usual residence and building address numbers.

These parking restrictions will terminate block by block after the snowfall stops and when all accumulated snow has been removed from the full width of the street or when the snow emergency is cancelled by the City.

All other parking restrictions remain in effect. No parking will be permitted on streets where parking is restricted or prohibited.

Cars parked in violation of the above restrictions will be ticketed and may be towed, at the owner’s expense.

If you have any questions regarding these parking restrictions, please call the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640 or the Public Works Department at 815-632-6657.

Walnut

The Village of Walnut has declared a snow emergency beginning Monday at 12 p.m. until Wednesday at 12 p.m.

Vehicles parked on Village streets during the snow emergency will be ticketed and towed.

Western Illinois University – Macomb and Moline

A weather advisory has been issued for Western Illinois University’s Macomb and Moline campuses from 7 a.m. Monday through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Both campuses will remain open and classes will be held.

In general, the university will typically remain open provided campus buildings are accessible, a news release says. When the university issues a weather advisory, it is ultimately the personal responsibility of faculty, staff and students to make their own decisions regarding attendance and to use their judgment concerning travel conditions.

Supervisors should plan accordingly to continue operations when inclement weather is expected.

Those who are currently working remotely should continue to do so or leave can be taken with approval of their supervisors. Employees working in essential positions may be required to work their regular hours on campus during a weather advisory.

Essential versus nonessential employee status is determined by a supervisor and depends on the nature of the advisory situation. The WIU policy on limiting university operations because of emergency conditions is available in the Administrative Procedures Handbook.

According to university policy, if a weather advisory is issued and students consider travel to campus unsafe, they should arrange with faculty to complete academic course requirements missed during the time of the advisory. Faculty teaching on campus courses can opt to teach remotely when the university has issued a weather advisory.

Individual faculty members are responsible for their academic course requirements, and it is the individual faculty member’s decision whether or not to grant a request to make up work that has been missed as a result of a University advisory. Faculty should be flexible with attendance policies during this period.

The weather advisory allows employees the option to use accrued vacation time, compensatory time or approved leave without pay with approval of their supervisor. An employee who has received approval from their supervisor will not be subject to discipline for being absent. Supervisors are expected to honor reasonable requests of employees to arrive late or to leave early because of inclement weather.

Iowa

Bettendorf

The Life Fitness Center, Bettendorf Public Library, and Family Museum will close at 5 p.m. on Monday due to the expected inclement weather.

Palmer Grill, located at Palmer Hills Golf Course, will be closed on Tuesday.

Blue Grass

Blue Grass Mayor Brad Schutte has declared a winter weather emergency effective from 8:00 a.m. Monday until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The city’s Public Safety Building, 606 West Mayne Street, Blue Grass, will be open to the public in need.

City officials ask that no vehicles park on city streets to allow emergency vehicles and snow plows to have full access. Residents with questions may contact Schutte at 563-349-1359.

Clinton

The City of Clinton has declared a Snow Emergency to be in effect from 4 p.m. on Monday to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

If vehicles have not been removed by 4 p.m. on Monday, the Clinton Police Department will enforce the ticket and/or towing process.

Please remove all vehicles from the streets, if possible. Crews may only be able to clear one path if vehicles have not been removed, and with the amount of snow expected, they may not be able to go back again later.

Calendar parking in now in effect.

Snow routes will be cleared first before crews reach residential streets.

Solid waste will be postponed for one day starting on Tuesday (Tuesday’s will be picked up on Wednesday, Wednesday’s on Thursday, and so on).

Davenport

Based on the National Weather Service forecast, a snow emergency has been declared effective 8 a.m. Monday-8 a.m. Wednesday in Davenport.

Predictions are that #Davenport could receive six to ten inches of snow beginning late Monday morning and last through Tuesday. Travel conditions during the storm could be difficult to impassable at times because of snowfall rates.

Vehicles parked on posted snow routes during the snow emergency will be ticketed and may be towed. Residents and visitors downtown may park for free in any of the city’s three parking ramps during the snow emergency.

All Davenport Public Library branches will close at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

For more information, visit \https://cityofdavenportiowa.com/news/what_s_new/2020_2021_snow_and_ice_event_response.

Durant

Durant has issued a snow emergency from noon Monday through 5 p.m. Tuesday. All vehicles must be off city streets.

Eldridge

From noon Monday until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Eldridge has declared a snow emergency. This means no parking on any city street during that time. All vehicles are subject to a citation or towing.

Muscatine

Muscatine city crews will be out Monday morning to pretreat the streets and begin snowplow operations Monday afternoon. The five snow emergency routes will be cleared first followed by the Downtown District, residential streets, and then the alleys.

Residents are urged to find off-street parking when possible starting Monday afternoon and continuing through at least Thursday to assist in the timely and safe removal of the snow from city streets.

If off-street parking is not an option, residents can use the “alternate side of street” parking plan that is specified in the City of Muscatine Snow Emergency Ordinance.

The plan allows vehicles to be parked on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days, and on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered days.

For example, since Monday is an odd-numbered day, parking would be acceptable on the odd-numbered side of the street. Vehicles parked on the odd-side on Monday should be moved to the opposite side on Tuesday since Tuesday is an even-numbered day with parking acceptable on the even-numbered side of the street.

On all streets where parking is allowed on one side only, if the permitted side (where parking is allowed) is even numbered, vehicles can park on that side only on even-numbered days.  If the permitted side (where parking is allowed) is odd-numbered, vehicles can park on that side only on odd-numbered days.

No parking is ever allowed on the side of the street where parking is prohibited by posted sign.

It is the responsibility of property owners to clear their sidewalks. The benefits of clearing sidewalks include reducing the potential for pedestrian falls while traversing the property, and clearing a safe path for public safety personnel if they are needed at the property.

Property owners are responsible for clearing natural accumulations of snow and ice from the sidewalks within 24 hours after the last snowfall. If the property owner does not clear the sidewalk in a reasonable time, the city will attempt to notify the property owner to remove the snow and ice. If the city clears the snow and ice, the property owner will be assessed the costs of removal.

Contractors or individuals working to clear sidewalks and driveways of snow and ice accumulations are reminded that depositing snow and ice accumulations upon city streets is a violation of a city ordinance.

Whether you are shoveling, using a snow blower or snow plow, the placement of snow and ice accumulations is required to be on the property of the residence or business, and not pushed or thrown onto city streets.

Refuse and recycling

Republic Services will suspend recycling collection on Tuesday, but the City of Muscatine has indicated that there will not be a delay in refuse collection because of the weather.

“As we strive to put safety first for our drivers and communities, we have decided to suspend collection services for Tuesday, 1/26/21, due to adverse winter weather conditions,” a statement from Republic Services says. This will result in a one-day delay in service for the remainder of the week with Friday routes being run on Saturday.

The City of Muscatine asks that refuse and recycling bins not be placed in the street for collection this week as snowplowing efforts continue.

“The containers can be placed in their driveways when possible, as long as the collection truck can still reach them,” said Dave Popp, solid waste manager for the City of Muscatine. “Some residents will have to place them in the streets unless they are able to shovel a spot out in the frozen windrow behind the curb to set the can.”

With the assistance of residents, refuse collection should be completed on time for the rest of this week.

Additional changes to city services because of the winter storm

·        The Musser Public Library and HNI Community Center closed at 3 p.m. Monday. The library is expected to resume normal hours starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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