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MP to implement new parking ordinance

May 26, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Local residents who use their front lawn as a mini parking lot may be reaching for their wallet soon.

Several months ago, Mt. Pleasant city officials said they were going to strengthen the community’s nuisance ordinance. Another step in that direction was taken Wednesday when the city council passed the first reading of a proposed ordinance regarding municipal infractions.

The ordinance restricts parking on private property.

Following are the major points of the ordinance.

• Parking spaces shall be used only for parking of vehicles for property owners, guests, renters, patrons or employees of the site. Required parking spaces shall not be used for sale, display, rental or repair of other motor vehicles.

• All parking of vehicles, including automobiles, vans, campers, trucks, trailers, tractors, recreational vehicles, boats, construction equipment and any other mobile vehicle equipped for street and highway travel shall occur on paved areas and on private property only.

• No person shall park, place, keep or store, or permit the parking or storage of a stock car, racing car, inoperable vehicle, vehicular component parts, or miscellaneous junk and debris on any private or public property, unless it shall be in a completely enclosed building. This regulation shall not apply to legitimate businesses operating in a lawful place and manner provided, however that such outside areas are screened from public view.

• No operable vehicle in “R” (residential) districts shall be parked on the lawn in the front yard except on designated surfaced driveway as approved by the zoning administrator.

• For the purpose of this section, the city right-of-way shall be defined as that area between the curb-line of a street and the adjacent sidewalk or property line, whichever is the greater distance; or if there is no sidewalk, then the area within six feet of the curb-line of the street or adjacent property line, whichever is the greatest distance.

“This is an attempt to help staff help police officers where we have some ongoing issues such as parking on lawns,” explained City Administrator Brent Schleisman. “We are trying to put some teeth in this for people to obey the law.”

“Now (when the ordinance is adopted), police officers can issue a ticket just like they do with parking around the square,” added City Attorney Pat Brau.

Fine for infractions will be $10, the same penalty for parking violations in the square area.

The ordinance requires three readings and publication in The Mt. Pleasant News before it becomes effective. The third reading of the ordinance will be at the June 28 council meeting.

Council members moved an ordinance regarding regulating fireworks in Mt. Pleasant to a third reading. Although one resident spoke against the ordinance during the first reading at the May 10 council meeting, the ordinance did not elicit any comments at Wednesday’s meeting.

Mt. Pleasant’s ordinance follows the dates and hours allowed for discharging and selling fireworks in municipalities contained in the state law.

The council expects to receive feedback on the ordinance, but probably not until after the July 4 holiday, the first holiday in which state law goes into effect.

“I think it will be a very-much discussed item after June and July,” forecasted Councilman Kent White. “I think we will get some feedback after that.”

“I can see if people are shooting missiles on their neighbors, we will get some complaints,” agreed Mayor Steve Brimhall.

City sanitation fees will rise July 1. The council approved the second reading of an ordinance increasing the monthly administrative fee from $3.55 to $3.65, and the city’s monthly base fee from $2.75 to $3.00.

Another ordinance amendment receiving a first reading and having the second and third readings waived was one that removes restricted parking during school hours on Oakbrook Lane, Oakbrook Place and South Jay Street.

In final agenda matters, the council:

• Approved the appointment of Rodrigo Norris and Kevin E. Elmore as reserve firemen.

• Approved the mayoral reappointments of Tabitha Schimmelpfennig, Brent Rich, Denny White and Jennifer Lamm to the park and recreation board.

• Set a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, for the West Washington and West Courtland streets asphalt overlay project.

• Approved the site plan for a 50x48-foot (9,900 square feet) addition to Mt. Pleasant Tire.

• Was told that the city’s new fire truck would be arriving Thursday.

• Learned from Police Chief Ron Archer that the family of the late Dick Ausburger donated $2,000 in memorial money to the police department’s canine fund.

• Was informed by Jack Swarm, city planning and zoning administrator, that the board of adjustment approved the special needs permit for a proposed new county law enforcement center on county-owned ground located near Christamore House.

Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m., in City Hall.


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