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Cottage Grove City changes on-street winter parking restrictions

Drivers parking on the street throughout Cottage Grove need not move their vehicles to a driveway just yet as the city recently adjusted its on-street parking ordinance.

The previous ordinance, which was associated with the winter parking ban, prohibited parking on the street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Oct. 1 through April 30. However, earlier this year, council member Jen Peterson requested the city re-evaluate the ordinance, saying winter weather is not typical in October.

The new ordinance states the parking ban is effective Nov. 1 through March 31. Vehicles must still remain off the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

“We think it is a good suggestion, as does the Public Works Department and the Public Safety Commission,” Craig Woolery, public safety director, told the City Council last week. 

The amendment also eliminates the 15-minute window law enforcement officials give when deciding to ticket or tow a vehicle in violation of the ordinance.

Woolery said instead of warning vehicle owners and giving them 15 minutes to remove their vehicle, officers are now authorized to “issue a citation or have the motor vehicle removed at the owner’s expense.”

Woolery said he understands that more cars may be on the street around the holiday season and that if that occurs, citizens can call non-emergency dispatch to alert police.

“If you have a lot of family coming to your house, we understand,” he said. “Just let us know and we’ll be willing to work something out with you.”