Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester City Council is being asked to approve new parking restrictions for snow removal and responding to emergencies.

The Rochester Public Works Department is bringing some recommendations to the City Council’s study session on Monday. Year-round, the plan would not allow any parking on streets that are less than 26-feet wide and restrict parking to only one side if the street is between 26 and 30 feet wide.

The proposals also include seasonal restrictions that would be effective between October 1st and May 1st. They call for implementing an even-odd day parking policy and prohibiting all parking within cul-de-sacs. That plan would also allow for the towing of vehicles parked in violation of the revised ordinance without any waiting period following the declaration of a snow emergency. The restrictions would not affect streets with parking meters or where parking is restricted to one side year-round.

The City Council is also being asked to consider changes that would expand the requirement for property owners to clear snow from sidewalks to include pedestrian ramps, prohibit pushing snow into streets or alleys, and prohibit piling snow to heights that interfere with the view of drivers. The council is expected to vote on the proposed changes at its August 19th meeting.

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