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City parking enforcement is picking up

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Monett police officers have been responding to an increased number of complaints about improper parking on residential property.

Police Chief Tim Schweder said officers have regularly worked to enforce to city ordinance restricting parking to driveways. He said recent efforts have been stimulated by "more than the usual number of complaints."

Under the ordinance, property owners have five days to move vehicles.

"No one has deliberately defied us," Schweder said. "If vehicles are not moved, we can have them towed or give them a summons to municipal court. We're still giving warnings. Everyone complies."

Schweder said enforcing the ordinance on residential parking is a regular part of officers' duties, along with traffic control, patrolling and emergency response.

"The Monett Police Department is proactively enforcing Ordinance # 7550 that prohibits parking vehicles in residential front yards," said City Administrator Dennis Pyle. "The ordinance was approved by the City Council on April 27, 2005, and was previously being enforced on a complaint-basis only. The enforcement is beginning with warning notices to violators in an attempt to educate them on the city ordinance. If the violations continue, the department will begin issuing citations."

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