Twisp town officials are again asking residents to help with keeping streets safely and efficiently plowed by parking their vehicles off-street if possible.
Vehicles parked in the street make plowing more challenging, and can make it more difficult for traffic to get through safely, Public Works Director Andrew Denham said.
Although the town is catching up with snow removal and mitigating some blind spots caused by snow mounds at intersection, “vehicles in the street are a big problem all over town … it’s actually getting worse,” Denham said.
Some streets have cars parked on both sides, he said, which makes it difficult and possibly dangerous for drivers to navigate.
There may be consequences for some owners of vehicles parked in the street that are impeding traffic. Acting Police Chief Ty Sheehan said officers will begin putting warning notices on some vehicles that need to be moved.
If necessary, the town will have the vehicles moved, Sheehan said.
“It’s a safety issue on several streets,” Sheehan added.He said people who can’t clear an off-street spot for their vehicle could consider asking neighbors or a plowing contractor for help.
Mayor Soo-Ing Moody said the town gets complaints when residents think streets aren’t adequately plowed, and that cars parked in the street may be the reason behind some of those complaints.
She asked for voluntary cooperation. “Our intention is not to be punitive,” she said.