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DeKalb considers changing rules for overnight parking

DeKALB – Downtown residents could soon have the opportunity to leave their vehicles parked overnight in public parking lots – if they pay $120 a year.

The DeKalb City Council will discuss changing its parking system at its committee of the whole meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. The council normally meets on the second and fourth Mondays of every month, but the Veterans Day holiday is pushing the meeting to Tuesday.

An ordinance needs to be passed before the city can change public parking rules.

Under the proposal, each residence would be limited to two permits that allow them to leave their vehicles in certain city parking lots overnight. There also will be specific sections of public parking lots that would be open exclusively to permit holders.

Residents presently have to move their vehicles to another spot every 12 hours, and certain lots prohibit overnight parking on certain nights of the week. City documents describe the current system as hard to enforce and difficult for residents.

Assistant City Manager Rudy Espiritu said the cost isn’t changing, and residents can buy a permit for $10 a month. But no one has bought a permit.

“They don’t have to because they move it so much,” Espiritu said.

Espiritu said the idea behind having certain lots restricted on certain nights was to give city street crews room to push either leaves or snow into the unused lots.

Under the proposal, permit holders could leave their cars in lots 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 ,9 and 10. Parking overnight would be prohibited in lots 1, 2, 4 and 11. All of the lots are between First and Seventh streets, and between Oak and Grove streets. Espiritu expressed confidence that street crews can work with this.

“Hopefully, this not only helps the city, but the residents as well,” Espiritu said.

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