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Nearly 3,000 Vehicles Ticketed During Snow Emergencies in Dearborn

2,841 vehicles were ticketed since Dec. 15 for parking on Dearborn streets during snow emergencies.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Over the past few weeks, the city had to declare four separate snow emergencies after three major snowstorms hit southeast Michigan in close proximity.

During that time, 2,841 vehicles were issued tickets for parking on Dearborn streets during the snow emergencies.

Though it is certainly not ideal to be shelling out hefty tickets to residents for parking in the street during snow emergencies, it is extremely important that all streets are clear so they can be plowed quickly and efficiently.

"The city and the police department are mindful that snow emergencies can be inconvenient for people, especially those without adequate off-street parking for all of their vehicles," said Mary Laundroche, the city's Department of Public Information director. "We balance that inconvenience with the need to keep the roads safe, to allow emergency vehicles to pass, to allow for trash and recycling pickup, to make sure kids can get safely to school after the storms pass, and so that residents park easily on cleared streets after the event ends."

The city notifies residents about snow emergencies in a variety of ways: Sounding sirens multiple times at the onset of the emergency, sending alerts out on Nixle and on the City of Dearborn's website, and reaching out through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, Laundroche said.

Here is a breakdown of how many ticket were issued during each snow emergency:

Dec. 15, 2013: 1,193 Vehicles cited

January 2, 2014: 859 Vehicles cited

January 3, 2014: 187 Vehicles cited

January 6, 2014: 602 Vehicles cited

"Even without a snow emergency we tell people to pay attention to weather forecasts," Laundroche said. "And it is always a good idea to remove parked vehicles from the streets if 3 inches or more of snow is predicted."

Tickets issued during a snow emergency cost $80, or $40 if paid within three days.



Turtle 123 January 08, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Do u think snow day for kids on Thursday?
Jenny Kalish (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 12:57 PM
It's hard to tell if school will be canceled Thursday. But if any snow day announcements are made for Thursday, Dearborn Patch will send out a News Alert.
Margaret January 08, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Yes, I am wondering that if people do not have a place to put their cars off the street, what do they do with them?
Turtle 123 January 08, 2014 at 02:14 PM
What is the weather supposed to be like for Thursday morning for kids going to school? Will it be below zero temperatures?
Marium Wilke January 08, 2014 at 04:44 PM
This was a ordinance that was put into effect by Mayor O'Rielly...I would think that if this would have been enforced from the beginning with serious fines...people have taken this as a very effective way of clearing and cleaning our streets for the people that work here and live here...I can't understand why anyone woukdn't find this a great program to have and follow it...I have friends that do not have a driveway..They ask their neighbors if they would allow them to park in thei drivewayr for the night ..It works These tickets are given to alot of the same people over and over...They really don't care about other people trying to move around their parked car..It's a good ordinance just has to be unforced. ..Great job Thanks gor helping our city....
Jeff Holmquist January 08, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Jenny Kalish didn't perform balanced journalism here. I've written for Dearborn Patch - I've been there. She followed the "company line", but the thought never hit her that there is a LARGE number of residents who do NOT have a driveway. I'm one of them - and I, we, were ticketed. Yes I am going to challenge it. The city has NO, I repeat, NO concrete, intelligent options for us, other than to bludgeon us with inane tickets. If we can prove what address we live at, that SHOULD automatically invalidate the tickets (plural). For the better part of my 36 years here, they did NOT issue tickets to "non driveway owners". I'm a Moderate, but maybe we should all vote straight Democratic??
Jeff Holmquist January 08, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Marium, that's ridiculous! "I have friends who don't have a driveway", etc, etc Marium DOES have a driveway. Imagine that! She hypothesizes that "people will welcome you into their private driveways, poof, just like that! Pure fiction. Marium worries about the "streets being more difficult" because of unshovelled snow. The driveway owner is worried about US clogging up his driveway!! He would like to help, but he has a job to get to, while your car is blocking his driveway, during your sleeping hours! Can you blame him? No ivory tower theorizing - stick to the reality. try parking in a business parking lot, overnight. Just see the problem you have! Been there - done that - VERY recently!! The law SHOULD state: "We will give you 24 hours to shovel that snow in front of your house, that was left because they couldn't go around your car. You will be fined if you, or a hired hand does not shovel it. THAT is actually how the law should read. Maybe a new mayor has to write that into law! That IS the solution.
Marium Wilke January 08, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Wow Jeff..Sorry to hear your so angry..But I rented here in Dearborn gor over 20 yrs and had no driveway..I did ask neighbors if I could park in their drive..it did work..I agree wuth the ordinance..Maybe like Royal Oak they will have a different policy..But Royal Oaks tickets are higher...Don't move in Royal Oak Jeff...Thanks for letting me know how you really feel..good conversation! .
RcA January 08, 2014 at 06:37 PM
It is not fair to punish residents who lack available off-street parking. Jeff is spot on, parking in other places is problematic at best. I am appalled however, in the lack of effort the city has devoted to clearing the streets. They are still a mess in many areas. My street was cleared once and is now solid ice. There have been no cars on my street either.
Lee Jacobsen January 09, 2014 at 02:25 AM
There is no rule against parking on your front or back lawn, as long as the car is plated etc. May be tough to dig it out for that purpose, but no harder than digging out a driveway. Many of my neighbors are FL snow birds, and ask to keep an eye on their property. Using their driveways is for parking is a plus for them, makes the house look lived in. Of course, you need to make arrangements prior to the snow, which means socializing with neighbors. Jeff's suggestion makes sense."We will give you 24 hours to shovel that snow in front of your house, that was left because they couldn't go around your car. You will be fined if you, or a hired hand does not shovel it." The ticket would be issued, then dismissed with no fine upon proof of snow removal within say 24 hours with contingencies for the weekends. Of course, the city will lose a revenue stream. Another thought. If the car is parked on the street and it snows, the car keeps the snow off the street by its physical presence. When the car is removed, the only snow that needs attention is that created by the snowplow, right? Park on the lawns if possible, that should work for most households with limited driveways. Keep the sidewalks clear for the dog walkers.
Michael D. Albano January 09, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Lee, based upon what I read in number 20, one cannot park on public or private lawns in Dearborn per city ordinance. http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=12465
Pam January 09, 2014 at 11:49 AM
No one is supposed to block the sidewalks, either, and it's done on a regular basis. I have no problem with it during a snow emergency. If the city really cared about handicapped access to the public sidewalks they would ticket the MANY able bodied people, and businesses, that won't shovel their sidewalks. It's a disgrace. I'm 55 and shoveled everything this year by hand, and much younger people on my block can't be bothered. It will take many months for this to melt and in the meantime will freeze and thaw and be a continued danger to pedestrians.
Lee Jacobsen January 09, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Michael, you are correct about parking cars on your lawn, front or back, during the non-snow months, but under the snow violations, there is no restriction. See below.Sec. 13-74. - Violations. (a) If any occupant or property owner shall fail to clear an accumulation of ice or snow from the sidewalk adjoining his property within a reasonable time, or shall otherwise permit ice or snow to accumulate on the sidewalk in a dangerous manner, that person shall be guilty of a violation of this article. (b) Any snowplow operator who fails to repair damages to any public or private property within the time period agreed shall be guilty of a violation of this article. (c) Violations of this article shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $50.00 for each offense, plus the cost of removing snow and ice or repairing damages to public or private property. (Ord. Of course, the city 'winks' at these laws all the time, and remember, these ordinances are a generic group common across the USA that the city has approved. Dearborn Hts uses the same service. Last year, in May, I had 17 cars parked in my yard, an impromptu car show, and even used the garage as a party room, lots of winks. I am sure no one would get a ticket for parking on their snow covered lawn for a day or two. Again, I could not locate a violation for using one's property as a temporary parking lot, although there must be some mention somewhere. There is one about parking recreational vehicles, but even that is ok if you have the proper setup. Lots of kids are roaming, looking for snow shoveling work. Time to dicker.....
Jeff Holmquist January 10, 2014 at 01:58 AM
Lee, those are good ideas. When I inquired about the tickets, the lady (from the city)that I talked to, thought that parking on the lawn would get a bigger ticket or fine. I think the ordinances you're citing are carrying more credibility. I think, indeed, next time I'll have my lawn shoveled and I'll deposit my car onto it! Then we shall see.
Lee Jacobsen January 10, 2014 at 02:28 AM
Wyandotte Patch mentioned the following solution for parking by the city of Wyandotte, for cars that need a place to park during a snow emergency when a driveway is not available. It is copied below. The City of Wyandotte has numerous Snow Emergency parking lots available for use during a snow emergency. The locations for emergency off-street parking are as follows: Route #1: North Drive to Goddard, River Drive to the Detroit River Parking: FOP Park, Boat Ramp Parking Lots-St. Johns west of Biddle and Biddle North of St. Johns. Route #2: Goddard to Ford Avenue, Fort Street to the Railroad Tracks Parking: 6th Street & Alkali Park Route #3: Ford Avenue to Eureka, Railroad Tracks to Fort Street Parking: Walnut & 15th lot, Oxford & 15th lot, West of Prush's Bar, Northwest corner of 17th & Eureka, Southwest corner of Sycamore & 17th. Route #4: Eureka to Pennsylvania, Fort to the Detroit River. Parking: Memorial Pool, Golf Course, 11th & Lee, Dept of Public Service, Public Lots 1 through 11, 11th South of Cherry, BASF Park. Route #5: Goddard to Eureka, The Detroit River to the Railroad Tracks Parking: Copeland Center, Police & Court Parking Lot, Museum Campus parking lot. The city of Dearborn should give an approving nod to our neighbor to the south and do likewise. Opening up the parking structures would be a good first step.
Pam January 10, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Lots owned by the city via demolished homes could also be so designated. I think the mind set is that all is ok so long as the plows can get through Beech.
Jeff Holmquist January 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Pam, very good idea. Lee, "you're the man". Excellent description of Wyandotte's systematic snow parking arrangements - A city that doesn't operate like the Detroit Lions! I can see that you're someone that would be a great friend. You're reachable on Facebook or LinkedIn? I've got some totally unrelated articles you might like.
Michael D. Albano January 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Lee is definitely a wealth of information. I had the pleasure of sitting with him during a fundraiser for Kristin Taylor this past year, and he is like a walking encyclopedia, very detailed and studied, and he knows more about most topics than many I've met. He also has a drive that is unfathomed.
Jeff Holmquist January 10, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Michael, well received comments! Lee sounds like a man that might be a great subject for a national online writers site article. Here's the latest, for anyone that might like it. This is about the movie that took place at one of Michigan's treasures - panned by Roger Ebert and others - but beloved by the "common folk". Give it a try, anyone here: http://www.infobarrel.com/Somewhere_in_Time_-_Top_Romantic_Movie_for_Men
David Justice January 19, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Many are elders and some just DO NOT have anywhere else to park, its nothing more then a money grab as usual for the POO POO
Alan Siwarski January 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM
lets all go park in the mayors drive way,some one down at city hall needs to lose an over paid job!
Lee Jacobsen January 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM
At the city council meeting , the mayor said they know who ignores the snow emergency alerts, and says it is always the same folk, the same procrastinators. If these folk have no alternate parking other than the street, what are their options? None. The City of Dearborn should give folk in such circumstances an option to park somewhere, for a day, no charge, without threat of a ticket. Do folk use the parks during a snow emergency? Not enough to matter. Let folks park in those areas for a day. The same for the parking area behind the City Hall. The same for the school parking lots, after all, school is closed anyway, right? Also, it does not cost the city anything except a loss of revenue from parking tickets.
Jeff Holmquist January 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Well Lee, the city did it to me again! A $40 ticket this morning. I heard the sirens yesterday, AND the snow plow came thru once. I thought that was enough! Why today at 7:30 A.M, did I get a ticket? This time I'm going in front of a Judge. The magistrate disregarded the impeccable logic I had shown in my "letter to the JUDGE" previously. If I wanted a magistrate to read it, I'd have written: "Dear Magistrate". Don't send a boy to do a man's job! There were no tickets issued in prior decades. (I have no driveway.) The issues resolved themselves. I'd read that Mayor O'Reilly himself, had the original thought to "levy fines" (tickets) on this issue. If so, this one reason alone should be enough to NOT vote for him! Does that come thru loud and clear? Jenny Kalish should write an article that indicates how many homes in Dearborn have no driveways. She should then proceed to interview those folks. Lee, you're a successful businessman, why don't you run for mayor?
Jeff Holmquist January 28, 2014 at 11:48 AM
At least the police of Dearborn, in general, are very good. The city of Wayne is a different story! They do NOT issue warnings - they issue traffic tickets! By far, the worst area city I know, on that score. Please, everybody, do NOT skirt the traffic laws in Wayne. The police there have NO gray area. Some have been very impolite too. Wayne is obviously "cash strapped" to the max! You shouldn't contribute to any benefits or promotions for that police department!
Lee Jacobsen January 29, 2014 at 12:35 AM
As a follow-up, conversation with the Mayor at the council meeting tonight reveals that the Mayor is looking into the possibility of making non-commercial parking areas such as parks and recreation center parking lots available to residents to use for parking during snow emergencies. He wants to confirm these locations, then take action to make it happen. He can't promise an exact date, but that is a politician's privilege, remaining a moving target..... Thanks for the warning about Wayne, drive through it all the time, been lucky so far. Be careful in Allen Park, the judges are not quite right in the head,...they dismiss fines, and keep the points for you on your record! Does not make any sense, how can they pay off all their movie debt by not collecting fines? R

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