Snow Emergency In Effect In Janesville

The city of Janesville has been under a snow emergency since 7 p.m. Friday.

Residents who do not move their vehicles from city streets will face increased fines. The City Council voted Monday to increase snow emergency fines from $20 to $50.

The main reason for the increase was to encourage compliance, not generate revenue, said the city manager.

Police issued more than 400 warnings during the city’s first snow emergency of the season earlier this year.

The emergency is declared when there are at least two inches of snowfall accumulation, and it remains in effect until all snow has been cleared from city streets and public parking lots.

“We’ve written up to 1,200 tickets in one year, and one of our lower years in the last five years, we’ve written about 340 tickets,” said Sgt. Brian Vaughn, of the Janesville Police Department.

The city of Janesville designates several stalls in seven parking lots, including the one at the Hedberg Public Library, for parking during a snow emergency.

Residents in need of more information should call the city’s snow hotline 608-755-SNOW.