By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
Little Falls will soon have restricted parking during the winter months, on some streets in the city.
A resolution for an ordinance to restrict parking on streets in areas of the city was introduced Monday. If approved at the Little Falls City Council’s Dec. 2 meeting, it could be in effect as soon as mid-December.
Public Works Director Jerry Lochner told the Council that the cost for signs that must be posted on each restricted block will be in the $14,000 – $15,000 range.
Because of the cost, fewer blocks will be restricted than originally planned.
He said approximately 400 signs and 800 posts will be required for the blocks included in the restricted parking area. Each block with the restriction requires three signs on each side of the street.
The restricted parking areas were chosen based on the fact that they are main roads and the traffic count, said Lochner.
Streets chosen as no parking zones from Nov. 1 – April 1, between the hours of 2 a.m. – 6 a.m., include: First Street East from 13th Avenue Northeast to Eighth Avenue Southeast; 11th Street East from 13th Avenue Northeast to Fifth Avenue Southeast; 13th Avenue Northeast from Sixth to 11th Streets Northeast; Fifth Avenue Southeast from First to 11th Streets Southeast; Lindbergh Drive North from Broadway (Trunk Highway 27) to 13th Avenue Northwest and on Broadway Avenue, from Fifth Street East to Seventh Street West.
Mayor Cathy VanRisseghem said she felt Fourth Street Southeast should have been included, because last year, it was very narrow by the time the end of the season came, due to plows having to go around parked vehicles.
Lochner said more streets may be added in the future.
Once the Council approves it, the ordinance will go into effect seven days after its passage and publication and the signs will be posted. After that, vehicles in violation may be towed.
To find out where a vehicle has been towed, the owner has to call the Little Falls Police Department to find out which lot their car has been taken to. Fines and fees will be due before the vehicle will be returned to the owner.