On KVNU’s monthly Speak to the Mayor hour during For the People on Wednesday, Logan City Mayor Craig Petersen, among other topics, announced a change to the city’s overnight parking restrictions during the winter months. The old ordinance prohibited parking on city streets beginning November 15th to March 1st from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. in order to allow easier access for snowplows to effectively plow the streets.
“Our concern is that it really wasn’t working adequately and so the council made a couple of changes. The minor changes are that the hours are now 12 to 6 (a.m.), you can’t park overnight from 12 to 6. And we extended the period a little bit from November 15th to March 15th,” according to Mayor Petersen.
The mayor said the exception to that has been the overnight winter parking permits for people who didn’t have adequate parking on their properties. He said that grew out of a compromise between the city and apartment buildings and homeowners who had installed park strips that, in reality, belonged to the city.
When park strips were removed, the city helped those severely affected by this decision with the issuance of winter parking permits. Petersen said the number has grown over the years to about 250 permits. The city council voted on Tuesday night to cut the number of permits back just to the people who have no choice but to park on the street because of the park strip program.