CLAYTON — In an effort to regulate how long, where and when large vehicles can park on city streets Clayton City Council adopted an ordinance entitled, ‘Heavy and Oversize Vehicle Parking Regulated’ at its March 3 meeting.
The ordinance takes effect in 30 days. Vice Mayor Tim Gorman suggested the ordinance be adopted as an emergency to address ongoing problems with trailers being parked on specific streets in the city and drawing complaints from numerous residents.
“If we pass this as an emergency tonight, does it go into effect tomorrow? Can we do something this weekend?,” Gorman queried Law Director Martina Dillon. “I think it might be in our best interest to do this as an emergency and hopefully put an end to this problem at some point in time.”
Mayor Joyce Deitering noted that Gorman is usually opposed to passing legislation under emergency status and also noted that Councilman Mike Stevens had discussed concerns over street parking of oversize vehicles. She invited him to comment on the ordinance.
Stevens stated that he would like to address a particular problem the city is having with a trailer being parked on Union Road.
“If there are other trailers parked on the street we have to say something to those owners too whenever this legislation takes effect,” Stevens said.
Gorman said the city probably wouldn’t say anything to anybody until the day after the legislation takes effect. Stevens asked if the ordinance would be enforced throughout the city.
“Oh yes. We know there is a problem on Union Road and we would start the process to abate that nuisance immediately,” Deitering noted.
Councilman Dennis Lieberman stated that he is normally against emergency legislation as well and pointed out that a first reading of legislation had already been held.
“We’ve given people the ability to comment after the first reading and tonight’s second reading,” Lieberman said. “The only difference here if we make this an emergency it becomes legislation immediately as opposed to waiting thirty days before it becomes legislation, so I would probably be in favor of that too.”
Gorman made a motion to adopt the ordinance as an emergency with Tina Kelly seconding the motion. Council adopted the measure unanimously under emergency status.
The ordinance designates:
(a) No person shall park any truck, trailer attached to a motor vehicle, house trailer, semitrailer, boat trailer, bus or tractor, which has more than two axles or a load capacity of more than one ton, on any public street or highway for more than one hour except:
(1) When actively loading or unloading;
(2) In case of an emergency; or
(3) When such vehicle is necessary and being used for maintenance, construction, or repair of a nearby roadway, property, or structure.
(b) No person shall park a trailer detached from a motor vehicle on any public street or highway within the City.