ORDINANCE NO. 1999-2-15
AN ORDINANCE CONCERNING TRAVEL UPON COUNTY ROADS DURING A DECLARED LOCAL EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, it has become necessary to establish an ordinance to control traffic on county maintained roads during times of severe weather emergencies.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, by the Board of Commissioners of Putnam County, Indiana that:
WHEREFORE, it is the intent of this Ordinance to alert residents of very poor driving conditions on county maintained roadways due to a declared emergency, that if they are away from home it is recommended they return home, that they should be prepared to be stay at their location for an extended period of time and that they should remove, or have removed, their vehicle from the traveled portion of the roadway if stranded.
Section 1. This Ordinance shall be known as the "Severe Weather Storm Disaster Emergency ordinance of Putnam County, Indiana" and shall apply to all roads maintained by the Putnam County Highway Department.
Section 2. The Board of Commissioners or any member thereof after consultation with the Putnam County Sheriff, County Highway Superintendent, 911 Director, and Putnam County Emergency Management Director, may declare a snow and/or severe weather emergency by executive order, when, in its judgment, such would be in the best interest of the public safety and welfare of the residents of Putnam County. Such emergency shall continue in effect until the Board or any member thereof or the Board's designate herein, determines that an emergency no longer exists, however, not to exceed seven (7) days pursuant to IC 10-4-1-23 (a).
Section 3. There shall be three (3) classifications of weather emergencies to control highway use:
a. Level One (1) Snow Emergency: Roadways are snow/ice covered with severe drifting of county roads. Most county roads are partially opened with possibility one lane passable drifted shut. Motorists shall travel at their own risk and they may be in violation of this Ordinance if they are: on any county road, or right-of-way thereof, blocking or impeding the travel of any vehicle, including any blocking or impediment caused by their stuck, stalled or abandoned vehicle.
b. Level Two (2) Snow Emergency: Roads/streets/highways are impassable and extremely hazardous. Roads are totally snow/ice covered and drifted. Citizens are recommended to stay inside dwellings. No one should travel during these conditions unless they are exempt as listed below.
c. Level Three (3) Non-Related Winter Emergencies: Roads/streets/highways are impassable and extremely hazardous. Roads are totally covered with debris. Citizens are recommended to stay inside. No one should travel during these conditions unless they are exempt as listed below.
Section 4. Employers will establish communication and work scheduling plans with employees according to company operating procedures.
Section 5. Publication and broadcast of the proclamation of a snow emergency shall be released to the media by the Emergency Management Office and dispatched by the Local Warning Point (911) to all Putnam County public safety agencies.
Section 6. Those vehicles exempt from Section 3 of this ordinance shall include medical assistance, police personnel, fire personnel, emergency management personnel and approved volunteers, emergency management media personnel, public utility vehicles, rail system equipment vehicles, and those tending to livestock.
Section 7. Those vehicles exempt from Section 3 a & b only, of this ordinance, are persons traveling to and from work.
Section 8. Any other individuals/vehicles violating this ordinance are subject to removal by towing or other means at the expense of the owner of the vehicle when such towing and/or removal is deemed necessary by the County Highway Department or the County Sheriff's Department. They are also subject to a class C infraction, which could carry a fine up to $500.00.
Section 9. Where in this ordinance reference is made to Indiana Code, such references shall be construed to include any amendments to or transfers of the references code sections, as well as any replacement or successor laws.
Section 10. If any part of this ordinance is invalid, part that are severable from the invalid part remain in effect. If any part of this ordinance is invalid in one or more of its applications, the part remains in effect in all valid applications that are severable from the invalid applications.
Section 11. All ordinances or parts thereof that are in conflict with the terms and conditions of this ordinance are hereby repealed.
Section 12. This ordinance shall take effect upon passage with proper advertisement.
Signed by Putnam County Commissioners:
Don Walton, Vice President
Dennis O'Hair, Member
Eugene McFarland, Member
All duly adopted the County Commissioner of Putnam County on this 15th day of Feb. 1999. Book 114, Page 521