Council discusses snow ordinances

Sarah Ebeling | Managing Editor

Up for discussion at last Monday’s Parker city council meeting was the city’s snow ordinance. Parker resident Tom Rauenhorst addressed the council in regards to two tickets he was issued after the last snow alert. Rauenhorst explained to the group that he had cleared the snow on his street because he does not have off-street parking. It was after he had cleared the streets that he was given the tickets. He noted that he felt there were two conflicting ordinances and that he should not have to pay the fines. 

After a lengthy discussion, the council chose to dismiss the tickets, but explained to Rauenhorst that he could not clear the streets himself and it must be done by city employees. 

Keegan Batson spoke to the council about the tax assessment on his new building that he purchased and Chris Poncelet spoke to the council asking for a sidewalk variance on the west side of his property. The council told Batson he could appeal the assessment in March and they also approved Poncelet’s request.  

Justin Smith also spoke to the council in regards to a property he owns. Mayor Ron Nelson told him that letters had been sent out before and now the council is telling homeowners that neglected property must be fixed and livable. Nelson told Smith he has six months to get the property taken care of or it will go back to a judge. 

“You got to get at it,” said Nelson. 

Smith assured the council he would. 

Council member Brian Schulte asked the council if they would be willing to give the ambulance $5000 to go towards the $10,000 training bill to offer an EMT class. Schulte said he feels it is the city’s responsibility to help. He noted that they have had some request and he thinks it would be great for the community to have more EMTs in the community to help when there is an emergency. 

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