Leadville photos by Leadville Local Meghan Buzan
In the 1890s, everybody who was anybody had been to Leadville, or so the story goes. The discovery of gold brought the first miners to this two-mile high city, but it was the discovery of silver that made Leadville the nation's wealthiest city at the time. When Oscar Wilde entertained his audience at the Tabor Opera House, more than 40,000 people lived in Leadville! Our population is a lot less now. But those of us who live life elevated think there is no better or more legendary place on earth to be.
The legends of the West in the late nineteenth century were no strangers to Leadville: Horace and Baby Doe Tabor, the Unsinkable Molly Brown, Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid and even a John W. Booth whose headstone graces Evergreen Cemetery.
Then there are the modern-day legends, the Leadville Trail 100 Race Across the Sky for example and some equally legendary characters not everybody’s heard of, although everybody in Leadville knows who they are. If you want to know more about these folks, you’ll have to come up to Leadville, strike up a conversation with one of the locals and they will tell you some of the most legendary stories you may have ever heard. We‘ll keep the lights on!
parking and snow removal regulation reminder
In an effort to avoid many of the issues encountered last winter, your police and street departments would like to remind everyone of the following information.
As many of you may have already noticed, the four-hour parking on Harrison Avenue has been supplemented with- “NO PARKING 2AM TO 6AM”. The side streets to the alleys have been changed to “NO PARKING 2AM TO 6AM WHEN IT SNOWS”. These restrictions are in place for winter weather to allow the city street department to clear the ice and snow. The police department has been tasked with enforcement of these restrictions. Residents are reminded that any vehicles left parked in the restricted area between the hours of 2 am and 6 am on Harrison or between 2 am and 6 am on the side streets when it snows can be ticketed and/or towed. Your police department considers “when it snows” to mean within 24 hours of any appreciable snow fall. Please, try to keep up with the weather reports. Should they be calling for snow please do not park on the side streets off of Harrison Ave up to the alleys.
The street department has also asked us to remind residents that parking in alleys is prohibited anytime. Vehicles parked in the alleys often make it impossible for crews to get their equipment down those alleys. Additionally, no structures, trash, debris or other objects may be placed in the alleys. Not only does it prevent the alleys from being cleared or traveled but it also often inhibits emergency vehicle access to the rear of many properties.
Code requires vehicles, when parked on the street, have their right-side tires no more than 12 inches from the curb. Vehicles parked in such a manner that they obstruct traffic will be ticketed and towed. Our streets are already so narrowed with the snow that we cannot allow vehicles to obstruct streets further when parked. Our goal is safety and to assure that we can traverse our streets without having to yield the right of way to vehicles proceeding in the opposite direction.
Any vehicle parked in the same spot on the street for more than 48 hours can be considered abandon and removed under city code. Last year we had a large number of vehicles buried in snow causing a hazard to the motoring public and making it nearly impossible for our street crews to keep the streets clear of snow and ice. This year your police department has placed a priority on having vehicles moved so as not to become an obstruction or impede plowing and snow removal efforts. We completely understand that many of us have no other place to park but please try to not have vehicles parked in the city right of way for extended periods of time. The police department does not like to tow vehicles. We will, however, not let the problems we faced last year develop if we can help it.
Motorists are also reminded that the Model Traffic Code prohibits parking within 5 feet of a private or public driveway, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection or 30 feet of a traffic signal, stop or yield sign located at the side of the roadway. These distances are in place to provide a proper and safe sight distance for traffic to pull from these places. Parking in violation of these distances creates a safety hazard, especially in winter conditions.
Residents and snow removal contractors are reminded that they cannot push, shovel or throw snow from their property or in front of their property, onto or in front of their neighbor’s property. We want to caution those contractors who are clearing parking space not to push that snow into the next space or in front of the next house. It is a violation of city code.
With your help and cooperation, we can make this winter our safest ever. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the police department, street department or Mayor’s Office. We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation this winter season.