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Think Winter

By Staff | Nov 24, 2009

It’s time to start thinking about winter…and the cold and snow that comes with the season. To get ready for the season, here are a couple of reminders.

Snow Removal

The city of Emmetsburg has issued its annual snow removal policy.

First day after a 2-inch or more snowfall

All streets will be opened for traffic in the following order: hospital, schools, nursing homes, business district, churches (if a funeral is pending), and then residential streets.

Second night after snowfall and the wind has subsided

Snow will be removed from the Business District. All sidewalks need to be shoveled past the curb and the snow shall remain in the windrow (do not pile any snow in the street or public parking spaces). No parking in business district after 11 p.m. Iowa Law and City Code states it is unlawful for any person to place ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley.

Sanding will be done in same order including the hills and intersections.

City officials advise that when the streets are icy, the hills cannot be sanded enough to be safe at all times. They request that residents use an alternative route if possible when the streets are icy, for added safety.

The City also requests no piling of snow in the right of way that would obstruct the view of motorists. The adjacent property owner will be responsible to remove all obstructions in a timely manner or be charged for the removal.

Vehicles should be kept off the streets whenever possible to allow the crews to do the best job they can. Iowa Law and City Code states that no person shall park, or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or city owned off street parking area during snow removal operations unless the snow has been removed or plowed from the said street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall. Violators will be ticketed and towed. City Code prohibits parking on any city street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. and has a 48 hour limit in city parking lots.

The City appreciates everyone’s cooperation during this winter season.


The renewal period for registering ATVs and snowmobiles runs from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. ATVs and snowmobiles can be registered through an Electronic Licensing System of Iowa (ELSI) vendor or any county recorder.

If the machine was ever registered through ELSI, it can be renewed through ELSI this year. Machines which are not currently in ELSI will need to be registered through the county recorder.

Specific questions about registration renewals should be directed to the county recorder in the county of residence. Contact the Palo Alto County Recorder at 712-852-3701.

It is not a routine practice of county recorders to send renewal notices. Renewals are considered late as of Jan. 1, 2010.