Archive | February, 2011

Voluntary On-Street Parking Restriction

5 Feb

For immediate Release: Feb. 2, 2011

St. Louis Park asks residents to voluntarily restrict on-street parking

St. Louis Park, Minn. – The City of St. Louis Parking is asking community members to voluntarily restrict their on-street parking to the odd side of the street until further notice so firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, bus drivers, and other large-vehicle operators will be able to more easily navigate streets. The large amount of snow received this season has made many of the city’s streets impassable for large emergency vehicles when cars are parked on both sides of the streets.

City officials warn that additional snow and / or failure of the community to respond to the voluntary restrictions could mean mandated restrictions for some city streets. If restrictions become mandated – as they last did in 1997 in St. Louis Park – noncompliance could mean ticketing and towing.

“This isn’t just about being able to drive through our city streets,” Fire Chief Luke Stemmer said. “This has become a real life and safety issue for us. We don’t want to see any loss to property or worse yet loss of life, because we were delayed in our response by obstructed streets.”

To comply with the voluntary restrictions, community members are asked to only park on the odd side of the street (usually the east or south side where addresses end in odd numbers). On streets where parking is already restricted to one side of the street, continue to observe that restriction. In the event of additional snowfall, residents should follow the normal procedures for a winter parking ban. Under St. Louis Park’s winter parking ban, parking is banned anytime – day or night – that snowfall reaches three inches or more. Parking is allowed once streets have been plowed curb to curb.

City officials will continue to evaluate the streets on a day-to-day basis to determine if mandated restrictions will be necessary. These voluntary restrictions are in effect until further notice. For further information and updates, visit the City’s website at http://www.stlouispark.org. Questions should be directed to the City’s Fire Department at 952-924-2595.

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