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Published July 12, 2011, 11:16 PM

Proposed GF Ordinance Could Mean Higher Tow Truck Fees

If park your car where you're not supposed in Grand Forks, you could be paying more to get it back. And you could be paying more in the winter if a tow truck driver has to shovel you out.

If park your car where you're not supposed in Grand Forks, you could be paying more to get it back.

And you could be paying more in the winter if a tow truck driver has to shovel you out.

Many concerns arose at the Grand Forks City Council safety and service committee meeting Tuesday night, as many people said they're tired of seeing cars where it clearly says "no parking."

Parking downtown is an issue for both those living downtown and those who frequent businesses.

The committee is working to help make towing a vehicle a little easier for some, and more costly for others, all at the same time stopping what some are calling predatory towing.

"There's a tag hanging in each vehicle except two in Mr. Hollar's lot which means as the tow company comes through, they say 'well those are not permitted,' is that considered predatory if we were to write it that way?" council president Hal Gershman said.

There are hopes that the ordinance will open the eyes of property owners and ease troubles of both tenants and tow truck operators.

The committee is also considering a new fee for towing between the months of November and March because of the added work drivers have to go through to get the car to their lot.

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