Downtown Business Owners Question City’s Proposed Snow Ordinance
John Yarkosky has serious reservations about whether or not the city’s new proposed snow ordinance is going to work. As the owner of Arrow Printing on the corner of S. Gillette Avenue and Fourth Street, he worries about how the limited parking is going to impact his business this winter.
Yarkosky was one of a handful of downtown residents and business owners who addressed the Gillette City Council last week. They are concerned that the proposed snow ordinance would restrict parking on several sections along the current snow emergency routes from Nov. 1 to April 1, including Fourth, Sixth, and Seventh streets, as well as Foothills Boulevard.
“It (the new proposal) is not going to work,” Yarkosky said. “It’s taking parking away.”
Currently, snow emergency routes are only affected when a snow emergency is declared by the City Administrator’s Office, according to City Communications Manager Geno Palazzari. A snow emergency is considered four inches or more of anticipated snowfall.
The ordinance was first proposed at the Aug. 13 council work session and later discussed at the Sept. 17 council meeting, followed by an additional Sept. 24 work session, in which Yarkosky and others voiced concern and discussed potential alternatives.
“The city council is definitely taking the concerns of residents and business owners into account, and, because of that, they are potentially going to table the item from Tuesday evening (Oct. 1) to give staff more time to look into it and gather more community input,” Palazzari said.
As far as he’s concerned, Yarkosky believes rotating closures might be one viable option to lessen the impact on various downtown businesses and residences.
“Leave it the way it is, is the first alternative,” he said. “The second (alternative) is to close Fourth Street on Tuesdays if there is a lot of snow, Sixth Street on Wednesdays to clean it up, and so on.”
The City has also implemented a notification program that allows the public to sign up for a variety of local messages, including emergency information, Palazzari said.
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