Cars parked on street could be plowed Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff
Snyderville residents can rest easy knowing a snowplow operator won’t slap them with a ticket when they shovel snow into the street this winter.
The practice, however, is against the law.
But the Summit County Commission Wednesday shot down a request from Summit County’s Public Works Department for authority to cite offenders.
Initially, the power would have been given to Public Works Superintendent Mark Offret and Tim Richins, who help manage snow removal for the county, Summit County Public Works Administrator Kevin Callahan said.
According to Callahan, Sheriff’s Office deputies have a difficult time citing violators unless they witness the offenses.
But County Commissioner Bob Richer is uncomfortable with most county employees issuing citations unless they are sworn deputies.
"I guess I’m just real reluctant to give that authority," he said.
County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme agrees, adding, "maybe we need to look at funding a person through the Sheriff’s Office."
Commissioner Sally Elliott countered that she "didn’t have a problem with it."
"This is primarily a problem in the Snyderville Basin," Callahan said, adding that it’s illegal to push snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street. Some county employees are allowed to write tickets when local ordinances are violated, however, only deputies can cite violators of state law, Summit County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dave Booth said.
"There certainly would be more people out there to look at it," Booth said, adding that deputies are already burdened with incidents during storms.
The arrangement is similar to Planning Department employees issuing citations during code enforcement, Booth added.
"We don’t do any code enforcement unless the people get aggressive with our code enforcement officers," the deputy said
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