This weekend’s early-season snow storm suggests Evanston aldermen tonight should be considering more than just a change in the street-sweeping schedule.


The aldermen are scheduled to sign off on a plan from city staff that would expand the duration of the city’s street sweeping program each year — and actually make the schedule clear enough to explain on street signs. And that’s a major breakthrough!

But those new signs — as currently designed — will also say that the city’s snow parking restrictions are only in force between Dec.1 and March 31.

We got lucky this weekend, relatively speaking, receiving far less snow than many other metro area communities did. But the storm strongly suggests that the snow parking rules should apply whenever a sufficient amount of snow falls — not just in the four months from December through March.

In fact, the city code does not limit the snow parking rules to certain dates. But until now at least some the city’s signage has appeared to do so — saying streets would only be swept eight months of the year and snow rules would only apply in the four months that streets were not being swept.

Examples of the existing signage.

As a result, city staff believed they couldn’t enforce the snow parking rules this weekend — because the posted signs said they couldn’t be applied.

There’s no good reason to have the new signs perpetuate that problem. So just take the date restrictions off the snow parking rules on the new signs.

Related stories

New signs, schedule planned for street sweeping (10/29/15)

City eyes cutting back on street sweeping (8/6/15)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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