By Brenda Erdahl
With winter full upon us, the City of Maple Lake reminds motorists that there is a winter parking ordinance in effect until April 1 within the city. The ordinance states that no person shall park any motor vehicle or implements on any streets, avenues or city parking lots in the City of Maple Lake between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., from Nov. 1 to April 1, except for emergencies. The ordinance was put in place so the city maintenance department can plow the full street to the curb so there is not the big snow pile between the road and the curb, Maple Lake City Clerk Lee Ann Yager said. “They basically go through and get the main plowing done so people can get out, but even if it is after 7 a.m. and it’s not plowed to the curb, people may still be subject to getting ticketed,” she said. The city maintenance staff and Wright County Sheriff’s Department started preparing the public for the new winter parking rules at the end of October and early November by putting notes on vehicles as an initial warning. They start ticketing when there is snow on the ground or snow is predicted, Yager said. So, while there is not a lot of the fluffy white stuff on the ground, and the immediate forecast looks clear, it is still in motorists’ best interest to be aware of the ordinance and the consequences of breaking it.
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