By a unanimous vote, the City Council approved an ordinance permitting police to cite owners when cars are parked on front or side yards.
There is a ban against parked cars on residential front or side yards. Previously, however, violators were contacted by the Community Development Department in response to neighborhood complaints.
According to City Atty. Michael Karger, in such instances the owner of the property was notified. Under the new ordinance, police will cite the owner of the car.
Mayor Don Dear noted, "There is strong community support for this ordinance. As before, we will respond to complaints from neighbors. Temporary parking to wash the car or during street sweeping will not be considered violations worth ticketing. But we have to do something about the blight."
Council members expressed concern for residents with small driveways and limited street parking. At the request of Councilwoman Gwen Duffy, the city staff will prepare a study on the ordinance's impact after six months.
The ordinance will be effective in 30 days.