No, you can’t park on the sidewalk

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By Shannon Brock

Ninety-nine percent of parking tickets in Lawrenceburg would never be written if city residents understood the city’s parking regulations, and Lawrenceburg Police Chief Tommy Burris is trying to spread the word.

The city’s parking regulations take up about three pages in “legalese,” Burris said. No one takes the time to sort through that, so Burris has narrowed down all residents need to know into four bullet points:

- It shall be unlawful for any person to leave any vehicle or any other thing that might be a nuisance, obstruction or hindrance in or on any street or sidewalk.

- It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle with the left side of the vehicle next to the curb except on one-way streets.

- It shall be unlawful for a vehicle to be parked on a sidewalk, within four feet of a driveway, within eight feet of a fire hydrant and on the portion of public property located between the sidewalk and the curb.

- It shall be unlawful for anyone to park in any one place any vehicle on any of the public streets of the city for a period of longer than 24 hours. Any such vehicle shall be deemed abandoned.

These four bullet points will soon be making their way around neighborhood associations, Burris said.

Parking complaints are “very frequent” in the city and they are usually a result of neighbors complaining about neighbors, Burris said.

Most complaints could be avoided “if everyone would use common sense and try to be a good neighbor,” he said.

Most parking tickets carry a fine of about $5, which is supposed to be paid at city hall.

“A lot of people just ignore them,” Burris said.

But soon, ignoring them won’t be an option.

The city has already put a Code Enforcement Board in place, and as soon as board members get trained, business will begin.

The board will handle cases of people who do not pay parking tickets and will also hear from parking violators who want to contest their tickets.

Technically, people who do not pay their parking tickets could be turned over to district court, but the board will help keep the court system from being “overburdened,” Burris said.

During the city council meeting earlier this month, the council said it would like to have the board up and operating by the end of April or beginning of May.