At the March 3, 2015 Supervisor's Meeting, a discussion was held with the Board and key staff members on the topic of snow emergencies in Falls Township. Here is an excerpt of that meeting featuring this discussion:
Snow plays a major role in our area every winter. At times, winter weather advisories may be in effect, Code Blue shelters may be activated, and in extreme cases, Snow Emergency and States of Emergency may be declared.
If, at any time, any of these situations are put into effect, Falls Township will make every effort to notify the public, using our website, cable channel, and social media platforms to reach as many people as possible.
Certain ordinances come into play when these weather conditions are met. These ordinances are to try and ensure the safety of the residents while maintaining the services needed. Many of these ordinances are posted below, but if you have questions, please contact us directly and we will try and assist you as much as possible.
§ 203-28. Parking prohibited when no emergency declared.
On all streets throughout the Township, whenever the depth of snow on each individual street shall reach an accumulation that requires plowing of the streets, parking shall be prohibited until such time as 12 hours after cessation of the snow has passed or the street is cleared of snow and ice, whichever occurs last. If the accumulation of snow occurs between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., vehicle owners will have until 9:00 a.m. to remove their vehicles from the street, and parking will be prohibited for a period of 12 hours starting at 9:00 a.m.
§ 203-29. Snow, sleet and ice removal required.
After each fall of snow or sleet, or after ice has formed on any sidewalk situate in the Township, it shall be the duty of the owner, tenant or occupant of the property on which such sidewalk is located to completely clear and remove all such snow, sleet or ice from such sidewalks to keep them safe for pedestrian travel, but in no event shall such snow, sleet or ice remain on sidewalks more than 24 hours after cessation of such snow, sleet or ice.
§ 203-30. Throwing snow onto highways.
It shall be illegal to throw, shovel or plow snow into or on any highway, road or street within the Township from an adjoining property. Any such offense shall be subject to the violations and penalties enforceable under this article.
§ 203-31. Authorization for removal and impoundment.
The Township Manager, the Chief of Police, and/or an authorized designee are hereby authorized to remove and impound or to order the removal and impounding of any vehicle parked on any of the streets, highways or public property in the Township in violation of any provision or any ordinance of the Township. The removal of such vehicle(s) shall be in conformity with the provisions of Chapter 206