FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — While Freeport has been pretty lucky this year as far as any large snowfall amounts, there is always still that chance Freeport will have to declare a snow emergency requiring specific parking rules.
As a reminder, whenever a snow event is declared in the City of Freeport even/odd parking starts at 8:00 a.m. after such declaration is made. The full text of the City of Freeport Snow Event Ordinance is as follows:
486.03 PARKING PROHIBITED UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
(a) During winter months, when a snow event has been declared, no person shall obstruct the orderly removal of snow from the City’s streets by parking or otherwise leaving unattended any motor vehicle upon:
(1) Central Business district. Any street in the central business district between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.; and
(2) All other City streets. During winter months, when a snow event has been declared, no person shall leave parked or standing any motor vehicle on the “even-numbered” side of a street in the City on an “odd-numbered” day of the month. Nor shall any such vehicle be parked or standing on the “odd-numbered” side of a street in the City on an “even-numbered” day of the month. For the purpose of this chapter, “odd” and “even” numbered days shall be considered as beginning at the hour of 8:00 a.m. after such declaration is made.
(3) Excepting N. Van Buren from E. Clark 135 feet north (to the alley).
Nothing contained in this subsection shall be construed to permit parking on streets where parking is otherwise restricted or prohibited.
(b) The provisions of this section shall be in effect during winter months, when a snow event has been declared. Signs shall be posted on primary roads at or near their points of intersection with the corporate boundaries of the City stating: “Winter Parking Regulations December through March.”
(c) Streets that have designated parking on one side only for an entire city block shall be exempt from this section.
The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them:
(a) “Central Business District” means all streets and portions of streets within the area described as follows: beginning at the southwesterly corner of Jackson and Walnut, thence easterly along the southerly side of Jackson to Liberty, thence northerly along the easterly side of Liberty to Exchange, thence westerly along the northerly side of Exchange to Adams, thence northerly along the easterly side of Adams to Douglas, thence westerly along the northerly side of Douglas to Cherry, thence southerly along the westerly side of Cherry to Spring, thence easterly along the southerly side of Spring to Walnut, thence to the point of beginning.
(b) “Motor vehicle” means a vehicle which is self-propelled or any device towable by a motor vehicle.
(c) “Odd-numbered and even-numbered sides of the street” means the usual residence or building numbers assigned by the proper authority. Even numbers are on the north and west sides of the street and odd numbers are on the south and east sides of the streets.
(d) “‘Odd-numbered days” and “even-numbered days” of the month means the days as numbered on the calendar of the particular current month and year.
(e) “Snow event” means any time the Superintendent of Streets declares that a snow event of one or more inches has occurred, and shall continue for a period of forty- eight hours thereafter.
(f) “Superintendent of Streets” means the Superintendent of Streets of the City of Freeport, or his or her designee.
(g) “Winter months” means December, January, February, and March of each year.