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Published December 07, 2010, 04:33 PM

'Ignore the Sign..Pay the Fine' Campaign Starting in Devils Lake

The city of Devils Lake is working to get the word out that police will begin ticketing cars parked on downtown streets and in parking lots that are marked.

The city of Devils Lake is working to get the word out that police will begin ticketing cars parked on downtown streets and in parking lots that are marked.

They're working to help the Public Works department have better access to move snow.

The second snowfall still left crews working around 57 cars that were given $80 tickets

Myron Asleson says crews have a hard time cleaning the downtown area because the cars are left there.

Downtown businesses are also asking that something be done because customers are having a hard time getting to different shops.

Streets are clearly marked "no parking" 2 am to 7 am except on Sundays and holidays for street maintenance.

Asleson says the ticketing will continue year-round and the city is looking into insurance so they can tow a vehicle that has gotten ticketed several times or is just in the way.

"It always has been a problem, but we've always seemed to work around it. But for some reason this year the downtown association thinks its a bigger problem," Asleson said.

Asleson says the city is also having problems with contractors cleaning parking lots and pushing snow on to roadways.

The city is looking at changing a policy so the contractors will be charged a $500 fine and $70 a load if the city has to pick up their snow piles.

Asleson says having cars off the street will allow crews to move snow as soon as it is done snowing.

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