Knox City Council Amends Snow Emergency Procedures

The Ordinance regulating snow emergency procedures in the City of Knox was officially amended last Tuesday.

During a snow emergency, certain residents inside the city limits are required to move their vehicles so the street department can perform necessary plowing on snow emergency routes.

In order to help with enforcement, some changes were made to the current policy.

The ordinance originally said a snow emergency is a condition or period of time prior to, during and after a snowfall where two or more inches of ice or snow is expected in the forecast.

The approved amendment removes ice from the equation and changes the requirement to 4 inches of snow.

Another change to the policy has to do with what time the rules are enforceable.

The original wording states that vehicles can not be parked or stopped during a snow emergency between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The amended ordinance removes the time frame and replaces it with language that prohibits those actions any time during a snow emergency.

Though city council members voted to approve these amendments at their meeting last week these new rules will not go into effect until 30 days after a notice is published the paper.

A table with the streets that are currently listed as snow emergency routes in the City of Knox can be found below: