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Published October 12, 2010, 10:16 PM

Hedlund Proposes Parking Ordinance Update to EGF City Council

The chief of police in East Grand Forks wants the city council to change a parking ordinance.

The chief of police in East Grand Forks wants the city council to change a parking ordinance.

Chief Michael Hedlund says certain no parking zones during the winter are too hard to enforce.

"We'll have a far more effective enforcement of this and it will be year-round," said Hedlund of his proposal.

A new city parking ordinance is being proposed to the East Grand Forks City Council.

"Essentially half the city streets are listed as a no parking zone from 7:30am to Noon," Hedlund said.

The current ordinance says from November to March you have to alter your parking according to the day.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you can't park on streets during 7:30am to Noon.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays you can't park on avenues. Hedlund said it is a lot of work for a limited number of officers.

"That's very difficult for our officers to enforce. They've got to cover half the city streets in four-and-a-half hours. It's not realistic."

Hedlund hopes a year-round parking ordinance is the solution.

The five districts of the city would each have a different day of no parking during Monday through Friday from 7:30am to Noon. Hedlund says it's easier to maintain and would result in fewer complaints.

"It's going to be easier for people to remember just one day a week versus three days a week. It's just less inconvenient, especially during winter."

The city council will vote on this proposal next week.

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