Chapter 2
PARKING REGULATIONSlinklink

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6-2-1: GENERAL PARKING RESTRICTIONS:
6-2-2: PARKING FOR HANDICAPPED PERSONS:
6-2-3: PRIVATE PARKING LOTS:
6-2-4: PARKING OR STORAGE OF CERTAIN VEHICLES DEEMED PUBLIC NUISANCE:

6-2-1: GENERAL PARKING RESTRICTIONS:linklink


A. On Street Parking Restrictions:

1. Snow And Ice Removal Between November 1 And March 31 Following: Between November 1 and March 31 following no vehicle shall be left standing or parked on the streets of the city between the hours of two o'clock (2:00) A.M. and six o'clock (6:00) A.M. on any day. At all other hours during such period, on street parking shall be permitted only when the same does not interfere with the removal of snow and ice from the city streets, and vehicles so parked shall be removed from the street by their owners. If a motor vehicle is found in violation of this subsection a police officer is authorized to issue a citation and/or have the motor vehicle removed at the owner's expense.

2. Snow And Ice Removal Before November 1 And After March 31: Before November 1 and after March 31, on street parking shall be permitted only when the same does not interfere with the removal of snow and ice from the city streets, and vehicles so parked shall be removed from the street by their owners. It shall be unlawful to park on such streets until the snow removal operation is completed in the area involved. If a motor vehicle is found in violation of this subsection a police officer is authorized to ticket and/or have the motor vehicle removed at the owner's expense. (Ord. 919, 10-2-2013)

3. Number Of Days Limited: No vehicle shall be parked continuously on a public street for a period of seventy two (72) hours or more. This prohibition is in addition to subsection A1 of this section.

4. Exemptions: All emergency and official vehicles responding to an emergency call, including doctors' automobiles, shall be excluded from the provisions of this subsection A. (1971 Code § 14-7; amd. Ord. 919, 10-2-2013)


B. No Parking Zones: No vehicle shall be left standing or parked on the streets of the city:

1. Where any section of street has been designated as a no parking zone by resolution of the city council or by order of the fire chief or designee.

2. Within fifteen feet (15') of any mailbox between the hours of ten o'clock (10:00) A.M. and four o'clock (4:00) P.M. on Monday through Saturday. (1971 Code § 14-7.1; amd. 2000 Code)


C. Liability Of Owner: Whenever any motor vehicle shall be parked or left standing within the city by any person other than the owner, with the consent of the owner, express or implied, the operator thereof shall be deemed to be the agent of the owner of such motor vehicle for the purposes of subsections A and B of this section. (1971 Code § 14-7)

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6-2-2: PARKING FOR HANDICAPPED PERSONS:linklink


A. Parking Restrictions: No person shall park a motor vehicle in a parking space designated and reserved for the physically handicapped, on either private or public property, unless:

1. That person is physically handicapped in a manner rendering it difficult and burdensome for such person to walk or such person is operating the vehicle under the direction of such a physically handicapped person; and

2. The vehicle visibly bears or contains the certificate or insignia issued to physically handicapped persons by the Minnesota department of public safety pursuant to Minnesota statutes section 169.345, subdivision 2.


B. Signs Posted: Notice of such designation of handicapped parking spaces shall be given by the posting of appropriate signs.


C. Prima Facie Proof: In any prosecution charging a violation of the provisions of this section, proof of the identity of the registered owner of the particular vehicle described in the citation or complaint at the time of the violation shall create a prima facie presumption that the individual was the person who parked such vehicle at the point where the violation occurred.


D. Violation; Vehicle Impoundment: A violation of this section shall constitute a petty misdemeanor. Vehicles in violation may be removed, impounded and kept in custody under the direction of the director of public safety. (1971 Code § 14-17.2; amd. 2000 Code)

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6-2-3: PRIVATE PARKING LOTS:linklink


A. Purposes: The purposes of this section are to promote the safe operation of motor vehicles on public roads and highways and in private parking lots and to protect the public health, safety and general welfare of persons using private parking lots.


B. Definitions:

OPERATING: Controlling or parking a motor vehicle. For the purposes of this section, a motor vehicle located in a private parking lot shall constitute prima facie evidence that the vehicle was operated in such private parking lot.

PRIVATE PARKING LOT: A parking lot ordinarily used by or accessible to the public, and any driveways connecting such parking lot to a public street or highway, except driveways in zoning districts R1 through R4, inclusive. (1971 Code § 14-7.3)


C. Prohibited Acts: The following acts are prohibited:

1. Operating a motor vehicle in a private parking lot without proper motor vehicle equipment as required by Minnesota statutes chapter 169, the highway traffic regulation act.

2. Operating a motor vehicle in a private parking lot without proper insurance as required by Minnesota statutes chapter 65B, the no fault automobile insurance act.

3. Operating a motor vehicle in a private parking lot without proper vehicle registration as required by Minnesota statutes chapter 168.

4. Operating a motor vehicle in a private parking lot without a proper driver's license as required by Minnesota statutes chapter 171. (1971 Code § 14-7.4)

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6-2-4: PARKING OR STORAGE OF CERTAIN VEHICLES DEEMED PUBLIC NUISANCE:linklink


A. Findings: The presence and accumulation of an excessive number of motor vehicles, or improper parking and storage of such vehicles on real property is hereby found to create an unsightly condition tending to reduce the value of real property, to create fire and safety hazards, and to constitute an attractive nuisance creating a hazard to the public health and safety. The accumulation or improper parking of such vehicles is further found to promote blight and deterioration in the community; and to violate the zoning regulations of the city in many instances, particularly where such vehicles are maintained in required setback areas of residential property. It is further found that inoperable motor vehicles are often in the nature of rubbish, litter, and unsightly debris in violation of health and sanitation laws. Therefore, the accumulation and improper parking of such vehicles on real property is hereby declared to constitute a public nuisance which may be abated as such, which remedy shall be in addition to any other remedy provided in this section or other ordinances of this city or by state law.


B. Definitions: For the purposes of this section, the words and phrases used herein are defined as follows:

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE, CLASS I: Vehicles exceeding an axle weight of five (5) tons or more, or any of the following types of vehicles, regardless of axle weight: semitrailers, the tractor portion of semitrucks, garbage trucks, tank trucks, dump trucks, flatbed trucks, tow trucks, cattle trucks, trucks carrying or designed to carry explosive or flammable materials, well drilling equipment, earth moving equipment, or school buses.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE, CLASS II: All commercial vehicles other than class I commercial vehicles including pickup trucks, vans, trailers and recreational vehicles which are used for commercial purposes.

INOPERABLE VEHICLE: Any vehicle which cannot be driven or propelled under its own power in its existing condition, or which cannot be driven or propelled under its own power in a safe manner because of its wrecked, junked, or partially dismantled condition, or which cannot be driven because necessary licenses or authorizations have not been obtained and displayed on the vehicle.

PARK OR PARKING: The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, other than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in, receiving or discharging passengers or loading or unloading merchandise, or in obedience to traffic regulations, signs or signals or an involuntary stopping of the vehicle by reason of causes beyond the control of the operator of the vehicle.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE: Any vehicle used primarily for recreation including, but not limited to, a camper, snowmobile, trail bike, all-terrain vehicle, motor vehicle licensed for highway operation which is being used for off road recreational purposes, boat or other recreational watercraft, and any trailer for transportation of such recreational vehicle.

TRAILER: Any device designed for carrying persons or property which is drawn by a vehicle and is not self-propelled. For purposes of this section, a trailer shall be deemed a vehicle whether standing alone or hitched to another vehicle.

VEHICLE: Any self-propelled device in, or upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported. A vehicle properly loaded on a trailer shall constitute a single vehicle. (Ord. 709, 3-20-2002)


C. General Parking Requirements: Vehicles must be parked in accordance with the following provisions:

1. A vehicle must not be parked upon the private property of any person without the consent of such property owner.

2. In residential districts, no more than a total of four (4) vehicles may be parked on a single lot outside of a building or accessory structure.

3. In residential districts, the parking surface must extend a minimum of one foot (1') around the perimeter of the vehicle.

4. No vehicle may be parked in any alley except for purposes of loading and unloading unless ten feet (10') or more of the alley is left available for the free movement of traffic.

5. A parked vehicle on public or private property must not be parked in a location or manner which limits or impairs sightlines for motorists traveling in the public right of way.

6. An uncoupled boat, camper, or trailer may not be parked on any public right of way. (Ord. 807, 10-18-2006)


D. Class I Commercial Vehicle Parking Restricted In Residential Areas:

1. No class I commercial vehicle may be parked in a residential district except as follows:

a. Class I commercial vehicles while loading, unloading, or rendering a service.

b. Moving vans may be parked for up to a forty eight (48) hour period adjacent to the dwelling.

c. Semitruck tractors that display a valid permit issued under subsection D2 of this section.

2. Permanent residents that lawfully and regularly parked an operable semitruck tractor in a residential district as of April 10, 2002, may apply to the city clerk's office for a permit to continue to park the semitruck tractor vehicle in such residential district. Applications must be received no later than October 10, 2002, (6 months after effective date hereof) in order to qualify for a permit under this section. (Ord. 709, 3-20-2002)

3. A permit applicant shall be required to identify the semitruck tractor, indicate when the applicant began parking the vehicle in the residential district, identify the address or street location where the vehicle has regularly been parked, and provide such other information as may be required by the clerk. An application fee shall be charged as provided by ordinance of the city council from time to time. (Ord. 783, 2-15-2006)

A permit issued under the provisions of this section shall be personal, nonassignable, and nontransferable, except that a new permit may be issued for a semitruck tractor that replaces a previously permitted semitruck tractor. Each permit shall be valid only for a specifically prescribed semitruck tractor and identified parking location. No more than one commercial vehicle permit is allowed for a residential property.


E. Class II Commercial Vehicle Parking In Residential Districts Restricted: No more than one class II commercial vehicle may be parked or stored on a property located in a residential district, except for those properties with a conditional use permit issued under subsection 11-3-9D5b of this code.


F. Open Storage Of Inoperable Vehicles Prohibited: No inoperable vehicle shall be parked upon any real property within the city for a period of more than seven (7) days, unless such vehicle is completely enclosed in a building or accessory structure such as a detached garage.


G. Blocking Entries Prohibited: No person shall park a vehicle upon a highway in front of or within ten feet (10') on either side of the entrance to any building designated by official no parking signs. (Ord. 709, 3-20-2002)

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