It has been a mild winter to date with the exception of the rain/snow mixture that has bombarded the Village and surrounding area today. Oak Parkers have been wondering if the emergency parking plan has been put into effect due to today’s ongoing winter storm. Rest assured that there is NO emergency parking plan in effect.
The Public Works Department generally rules that after a two-inch snowfall or if hazardous conditions apply, residents must adhere to new parking guidelines or be subject to penalties such as ticketing, towing or fines. Despite the wintry mix of freezing rain, snow, and sleet that has caused a tenth to a quarter of an inch of ice on roads throughout Cook County, normal parking regulations still apply.
In order to stay up to date regarding the emergency parking plan, citizens are encouraged to call 708-358-7669 for a recorded message indicating whether or not the ban is in effect. “Cable subscribers can tune into VOP-TV, available on Comcast channel 6 and AT&T channel 99,” according to the Village of Oak Park.
Should the parking plan be called, review the following rules and regulations to avoid penalties and fines:
- Main streets designated as snow routes must be cleared of all parked cars. Violations are subject to a $100 fine.
- Non-snow route streets allow parking between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the EVEN address side on EVEN days and ODD address side on ODD days.
- Designated Commercial Parking areas follow the odd/even rule between midnight and 8 a.m. Signs are posted in these areas.
We will keep you updated in case anything changes. Nobody wants their car ticketed or towed, especially during the holidays!