Motorists will not have to move their cars today after the heavy wet snow that blanketed the city yesterday. Alternate side of the street parking has been suspended for today only.
The drop in tempratures last night may make digging cars out more difficult but residents should attempt to do so before the next band of snow thats forecast to hit our area on Sunday. When digging out, remember, snow should never be thrown back on roadways. Police and public works officials will issue tickets to offenders. Pile snow either in back or front of vehicles or in the area between the sidewalk and the curb.
Remember, the longer vehicles stay on your street unmoved and buried in snow, the harder it is for Public Works crews to clean streets curb to curb.
Although streets are passable, residents are urged to stay off roads until conditions improve.
Don’t be fooled by the look of things outdoors. It looks like the heavy snow stopped but it’s been replaced with sleet. The icy pellets can make driving a bit tricky so if you don’t have to go out stay in. If you have to brave the elements leave a little earlier, drive slowly and stay attentive. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Mount Vernon Public Schools are closed today.
Bee Line buses are delayed in running routes so be sure to check to make sure your bus is running before you leave home.
Users of MTA rail lines may experience delays and additional train combinations may occur, depending on the serverity of the storm and itw impact on service territory. Check with MTA for more details,
Police and Public Works Departments issue Snow Warning to property owners and residents
Clearing your property of snow and shoveling out your buried vehicle is a chore that can grow old soon. This winter has been a real challenge for Westchester communities and Mount Vernon, like so many other municipalities is feeling the pressure from the relentless snow and icy conditions.
Public Works crews cover all streets in the city and when pulled off their scheduled routes, others have to wait, which isn’t fair to anyone – DPW workers or people on snow covered streets. We’ve made no secret of the fact that the city is taking a beating dealing with this winter weather. We’re working hard to stay on top of these storms and we need your help.
Residents are warned that if they are caught shoveling or blowing snow into roadways they will be ticketed. The Police Department and Public Works crews will be on the lookout for offenders. Putting snow back on roadways is costing the city additional time and money. Check the back of your Sanitation Schedule for additional information.
The Department of Public Works is suggesting that people make piles either in front or in back of their cars when shoveling out. Snow can also be placed on the area between the curb and the sidewalk. When snow is thrown back onto already cleared roadways it makes the job harder for emergency service vehicles to get to people who need immediate help.
Be a sport and help Mount Vernon keep roadways clear.
Due to the wintry weather conditions the following services and programs have been cancelled:
BUSINESSES AND PROPERTY OWNERS ARE REMINDED NOT TO SHOVEL OR PLOW SNOW ONTO CITY ROADWAYS.
Mount Vernon is suspending enforcement of certain meters in some city lots in order to promote holiday shopping. “The city wants to encourage more people to do their holiday shop locally. Spending dollars in the city helps the local economy more than people realize and supports small business.
Effective Monday, December 16 through Tuesday, December 24, shoppers can park in the following Municipal Parking Lots between 8:00AM and 9:00 PM without getting ticketed:
Parking enforcement officers will still be making the rounds throughout the city. Motorists are reminded that meters still have to be fed if parking on streets.
For additional information contact the Mount Vernon Parking Bureau at 914-665-2470.
The following parking rules will take effect for Labor Day:
For additional information contact the Department of Public Works at 665-2463.
Motorists will soon be paying a little more for metered parking in Mount Vernon. Effective April 19, 2013, on street parking at meters will cost twenty five cents for fifteen minutes with a maximum parking time of two hours. Off street, lots, garages and long term parking will cost twenty five cents for twenty minutes with a maximum parking time of twelve hours.
Parking meters for short term parking are located in retail areas and will be set for two hour limits, encouraging turnover in high-demand parking spaces so more parking can be available for customers. To ensure proper use of these meters, motorists should feed quarters into meters for up to the maximum based on the length of time they plan on being parked and return to their vehicle before the time expires.
New rates will be strictly enforced. Motorists need to make sure to read instructions on meters and pay attention to the new time limits, or be subject to ticketing for violations. Parking meters are in effect from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Over the next few weeks, motorists will also see an upgrade in single space meter mechanisms going on in some areas of the city. The entire city is expected to be converted within four to six weeks transitioning a total of twelve hundred parking meters that are outdated, broken or obsolete. The new meters are low maintenance and more efficient at timekeeping and will allow meter technicians to have more time to do other tasks.
The city is spending $180 thousand to upgrade the meters and will pay for them through proceeds made from the sale of bonds.
For additional information contact Commissioner Gaylord Worrell at 914-665-2470.
The major storm heading toward our area is expected to hit hard later this afternoon. There’s still time to get out and pick up essentials and run a few errands before the worst of the weather hits us.
High winds and low visibility during projected whiteout conditions will make driving and walking dangerous. The city is encouraging motorists to stay off of the roads during the height of the storm and is encouraging everyone to stay indoors unless it is absolutely necesarry to go outdoors. Alternate side of the street parking has been suspended. The Doles Community Center and Armory Senior Programs will close today at 1:00 p.m.
In addition the city is reminding residents to take the following actions during the storm:
CALL 911 ONLY IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
POLICE DEPARTMENT – 914-665-2500
FIRE DEPARTMENT – 914-665-2626
PUBLIC WORKS STORM EMERGENCIES – 914-665-2460
WATER DEPARTMENT – 914-668-3528
Paying a parking ticket in Mount Vernon will cost more beginning March 1. “The city had to raise the penalties for parking infractions,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “Mount Vernon has some of the lowest fees for parking violations in the county, but that will change next month.”
In an ordinance passed last December, the City Council approved increasing fees for parking summonses effective the beginning of March. Early payment costs will also rise for some infractions. “We will be stepping up our parking enforcement efforts,” said Gaylord Worrell, Commissioner of the city’s Parking Bureau.
Drivers can avoid paying the increased costs for summonses by parking legally. The city maintains a total of 2,275 parking spaces in lots located throughout the city. Complaints regarding broken meters should be made directly to the Parking Bureau, 3 East Sidney Avenue, 914.665.2323. Questions about parking ticket payments can be answered by the Parking Ticket Collections Department located in the Mount Vernon City Court, Second Floor, 2 Roosevelt Square, 914.665.2592.
Alternate side of the street parking has been suspended today throughout the city. Metered parking remains in effect.
Please be advised that City Council meetings concerning Adopting 2013 Annual Estimate scheduled for Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday December 28, 2012 AT 7:00 p.m. have been CANCELLED.