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Mineola Residents Reminded to Move Cars After 2013 Blizzard

Village snow ordinance in effect after snow ends.

Mineola Village Code 60.4.2, “Parking Prohibited During and After Snowfall”, requires that all vehicles must be removed from the street when there is two (2) or more inches of snow on the road.

Mineola residents and businesses are reminded by village officials that all vehicles must be removed from all streets once 2 inches of snow has fallen.

Vehicles must remain off streets until 24 hours after snowfall ends or until plowing is completed, whichever event first occurs.

Any vehicle on the street once two (2) inches of snow has fallen is subject to a summons for violation of this ordinance. Fines begin at $100. for the first offense and increase with each offense thereafter.

Code Enforcement officers will be on duty to enforce snow regulations.

To avoid wasting time and effort, you should not attempt to remove snow from your sidewalk or driveway aprons until after the snow removal crews are salting plowed streets.

When snow plow operations have been completed, snow removal crews must salt the streets to prevent the development of ice.  Once the snow removal crews are salting the streets there is little risk of driveways being plowed in again.

If you feel that it is necessary to shovel your sidewalk or driveway apron prior to the completion of plowing operations, snow should be shoveled onto your grass, and vehicles should not be parked across the driveway apron into the street.

If a vehicle is parked on the driveway apron and extends into the street to any degree, it prevents the plow crews from completing their work. In addition, there is also a risk of having damage caused to a vehicle either by moving snow, or by the snow plow. In addition, state insurance regulations place the liability for damage to vehicles parked in this manner entirely on the vehicle’s owner.

Do not shovel or use a snow blower to place snow into the street. Shoveled, pushed, or blown snow should be directed on the grass area of your property. Putting snow into the streets runs contrary to plowing efforts and may create traffic hazards. As such, doing so may result in the issuance of a Notice of  Violation or a summons for violation of Village Code 44.3, “Obstructions,” for placing an obstruction (snow) on a public street that may hinder, impede, delay, or interfere with the free flow of traffic.

As a courtesy to your neighbors, you should not direct snow onto adjacent properties without your neighbor’s consent, since they will also need space to put snow.

According to lawn experts, snow placed on lawns or other unpaved areas does not harm grass. In fact, snow creates a natural insulating barrier and melting snow feeds spring growth.

Please clear snow from around a fire hydrant located adjacent to your property so that it will be accessible in the event of an emergency. Remember, the home you save may be your own.

Corner properties are responsible for clearing curb cut access. Snow should be removed from all corner curbs to allow pedestrian access to sidewalks.

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Geoffrey Walter (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 03:42 PM
The following comment was posted on the Mineola Patch Facebook page by Kev Ob': "Where do we put them?"
Geoffrey Walter (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 03:42 PM
have the municipal lots been cleared yet? That might be one location. We all know it can be difficult after a snowfall in Mineola.
EXT February 09, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I live in an apartment. Parking lot was full. So where do I park my car? In my apartment?
Geoffrey Walter (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 04:24 PM
We understand that parking can be difficult in Mineola, even without the snow. Are any of the municipal parking garages open? Do you know of any other locations that might help other residents get their cars off the street?
hypocrite February 09, 2013 at 09:55 PM
ask your landlord..............
Jason March 09, 2013 at 11:48 PM
So as early as midnight on 3/8 there was no accumulation on the street near me. I then wake to find a $100 summons because I was supposed to move my car after 2 inches fall. What was I supposed to do, stay up all night? Why was everyone given tickets that early? Couldn't the plows come back a little later? The snow was melting, it was reasonable to think the roads didn't need plowing and unreasonable to expect us to move our cars in the middle of the night.
Fabio Santos March 12, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Same problem here. Got a ticket also. I always move my car but when I woke up to do it (before 6:30 am), the ticket had already been issued. No snow the night before. I have never seen this happened and now I have the same question as Jason: should we stay up all night and monitor the snow?
SLJ March 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Perhaps you guys should go to a village meeting, and air your complaints directly to the board.
Jason March 13, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Mineola Village hit a gold mine! I know four people who got tickets. Seems to me like they saw an opportunity an capitalized on it. I understand the plows being out early... but since when do the inspectors/ticketers start that early. This was planned. Perhaps it would be interesting to FOIL the revenues for that morning. They must have raked in tens of thousands of dollars.
Jeanne Falabella March 15, 2013 at 01:44 AM
I doubt they made tens of thousands but FOIL away ! The Freedom of Information Law is one of the most important tools the public has as a means of keeping government agencies honest. And SLJ is right as well. People need to come down to the meetings and get up in front of the microphone. That's what it's there for.
elkshead March 15, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Any of Stewie's pals get tktd? Survey says ...
Mike Martin March 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM
I went to sleep at around midnight, and there was only a light dusting. I woke up at about 7 because the schools were opening two hours late and all of the cars on the block were ticketed, at least ten. I always move my cars and make arrangements. I have been living in this village for twenty years and very rarely do the summons enforcement people enforce this village ordinance. I guess the village needed a few bucks

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