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July 2, 2013

City council passes stricter code rules

Parking on lawns fails to pass and abandoned vehicles proposal tabled.

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“I think the city itself has trouble complying with this ordinance as written,” said Councilman Bob Bishop, who before voting against the measure spoke of the frequent parking on green space at city parks.

Councilman Gary Fox agreed with Bishop, calling the ordinance “too restrictive.”

Councilman Jeremy Ashcraft expressed his support for the ordinance by describing the safety hazards that occur when people drive over curbs and sidewalks, destroying them over time.

Chris Armstrong, Logansport Community Development director, reiterated the interpretation of the ordinance she has made at previous public meetings on the matter — that it addresses habitual offenders and not those who may park on green space temporarily.

An ordinance that would enforce the insuring and licensing of all visible vehicles was tabled.

Before voting to delay a final say on the matter, the council passed an amendment allowing for an exception to these rules for students away at college. The ordinance grants the same to those on military leave.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

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