With holiday lights up around town and despite the unseasonably warm weather, Evanston aldermen will be asked tonight to make a last-minute change to the city’s snow parking regulations.

After the city got a surprise early snowfall last month, officials noticed that current city signage says snow parking rules only apply from Dec. 1 through March 31.

The aldermen have an ordinance change before them tonight to remove that restriction so new signs city staff hope to post around town early next year can show that the parking restrictions should apply whenever enough snow falls to trigger them.

Planned new parking signs — without the prediction about when snow parking rules might be needed.

The aldermen are also scheduled to take a final vote tonight on plans to change the city’s street sweeping schedule to once a month from once every three weeks and to extend the street sweeeping season from the current April 1 to Nov. 30 to run from March 1 to Dec. 15.

James Maiworm, infrastructure maintenance bureau chief for the city’s Public Works Agency, says the new schedule and signage should make it easier for residents to know when the street sweeeping rules apply and and also give more time to clean up the streets at the start and end of the season.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Snow signs

    I am already confused about the snow emergency and the signs won't be posted until next year….exact dates would preferable.

  2. Change of parking restrictions

    Another instance of a waste of money — I would like to know how much this signage costs and who brought the subject up to begin with.

  3. Snow Parking Rules

    I think the snow/street cleaning should remain as they are (or were) December 1  to March 31. Having no dates at all on the signs defining effective period is a bad idea and borders on a revenue inhancement gimmick.

    1. How would you know?

      So you can't tell when there's snow on the ground and would be shocked if we got, say a foot of snow on April 1, to be expected to follow the snow parking rules?

      — Bill

      1. We have had a foot or more of

        We have had a foot or more of snow in April, several times. It usually melts within a day or two. Big deal.

  4. SnowDay/SlowDay

    I am having a slow day here at work, which is why I have time to post about this nonsense idea of changing dates for snow days. Aldermen please stop wasting time and money, hire a couple unemployed youth for what you might waste replacing signs!

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