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Snow Removal Ordinance
City Ordinance No. 809 prohibits the parking of
vehicles on city streets when a snow emergency is declared by the
Director of Public Services.
A snow emergency will be declared when four or
more inches has accumulated in one hour or more.
It will be announced radio stations: WOMC/104.3
FM, WCSX/94.7 FM, WWJ/950 AM, WXYT/1270 AM; and television
channels WJBK-FOX2, WDIV-TV 4, WXYZ-TV7 and Ferndale Municipal
Once a snow emergency is declared, it shall
remain until your street is clear curb-to-curb, or until the
Director of Public Services cancels it.
A special parking permit may be issued by the
Department of Public Services for any residential home that
does not have a driveway. A maximum of two parking permits may
be issued per such home. Please remove the snow emergency
parking sticker when a driveway is constructed, when the
permit holder moves, or when the vehicle is disposed of.
Any person whose vehicle(s) is parked on a
city street during a snow emergency may be ticketed, fined,
and his/her vehicle(s) impounded.
With city streets cleared of vehicles, the city snow
trucks will be able to clear streets faster, and more on-street
parking will be available.
Please help us help you have a safe and pleasant
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When it snows, Ferndale’s major streets – those with a high
volume of traffic – are plowed first.
The Ferndale Department of Public Services uses rock
salt to de-ice city streets and intersections. Rock salt is
effective only when temperatures are above 10-20 degrees.
Snow Removal on Sidewalks is
Required by Law
Chapters 16-3 and 16-4 of the Ferndale City Code states
that the occupant of premises adjoining a public sidewalk is
responsible for clearing that public sidewalk of ice and snow within
24 hours of the snowfall. Homeowners and businesses who have newly
poured concrete should not use road salt to de-ice sidewalks or
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Piling Snow is Illegal
Don’t unknowingly break the law by piling snow on
roadways and shoulders as you shovel your driveway and walk!
State law prohibits businesses and citizens from
dumping snow on roadways and shoulders, or piling it so high at
driveway entrances that it obstructs motorists’ vision.
Keep the shoulder in front of your driveway
clear, and clear snow for a short distance from the driveway in the
direction of approaching traffic. That way the view of a motorist
entering the roadway from a driveway is not obstructed. When
clearing your driveway, push the snow away from the roadway and to
the sides of the driveway to its full length. That will eliminate
the problem of high snow banks blocking a driver’s view.
Businesses should make special arrangements ahead
of time to remove snow from their parking lot entrances and
driveways. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove snow away
from private facilities. Violators leave themselves open to fines
and lawsuits for public liability and property damage if snow is
plowed and left on city streets.
All property owners and persons hired to remove
snow are responsible for maintaining safe traffic conditions and for
preventing careless snow removal techniques.
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