Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. A neighbor has apparently parked a truck and boat in the road for the winter (no different than summer-- they were parked there 24/7 anyways). With the snow fall, and plowing, the road is quickly becomming one lane due to their decision to not use their driveway to park these. Is there a law against using the road as personal parking spots?
Dear Juneau Resident,
If the vehicle is impeding traffic and causing a traffic hazard, it should be called in to JPD immediately. If it is legally parked, but a nuisance, it can possibly be treated as an abandoned vehicle. Our Community Service Officers generally handle abandoned vehicle issues Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
According to CBJ Code:
Abandoned vehicle means:
(1) A privately owned vehicle which is left standing on a highway or other public property in the City and Borough for a continuous period of 72 hours or more, or is left standing on private property without the permission of the owner or legal occupant of the property for a continuous period of 24 hours or more. The term also includes a vehicle that is not removed within the time specified to a police officer as provided in subsection (2) of this definition.
(2) A vehicle is not considered abandoned if the owner or operator notifies a City and Borough police officer if the vehicle is within a service area exercising the traffic power or on City and Borough property, or a state trooper if the vehicle is outside such a service area or on state property, of the circumstances which require standing in excess of these hours specified in subsection (1) of this definition and what provisions the owner or operator is making for removal of the vehicle. The notice specified in this section may be either direct or by means of a note left in or on the vehicle plainly visible from outside the vehicle.
Let’s look on the bright side, I’m sure it compliments the view from your kitchen …dreamy snow-capped mountain tops, heavy white blankets draped about the Sitka Spruce, frost glistening on the bow of your neighbor’s 22’ Glasply… You must be filled to the brim with Holiday Spirit!
(Give us a call, we’ll see what we can do.)