Kouts ponders front yard parking ban

2013-05-20T21:00:00Z 2013-07-15T20:51:09Z Kouts ponders front yard parking banPhil Wieland phil.wieland@nwi.com, (219) 548-4352 nwitimes.com

KOUTS | The Town Council is expected to vote on an ordinance at its June meeting to prohibit residents from parking vehicles in their front yards.

The ordinance was introduced at Monday's council meeting after the town received complaints. Clerk-Treasurer Laurie Tribble said the complaints were mostly from people trying to sell their homes and had difficulty because of nearby homes with vehicles parked in the yard.

Tribble said the homes in town have driveways, most have garages and they also are allowed to park along the streets in most areas.

"I don't know if it's because they have too many cars or too many people living in the house," she said. "We don't want them parking in the yards."

The ordinance states parking would not be allowed where signs are posted prohibiting parking, along the north side of College Avenue between Oak and Maple Street and on or "within any residential front yard or residential yard which abuts or is adjacent to any street."

The council decided not to suspend the rule that an ordinance be read at two meetings so it could be passed Monday because it wanted more time to study it and possibly suggest changes.

Two other ordinances were passed following suspension of the two reading rule.

The first allows the town to accept payments from residents or make payments to residents via credit card, debit card or electronic transfer online for utility bills or other transactions.

The other ordinance authorized placing a stop sign on Diana Drive at Sunset Drive and another on Linda Lane at Diana.

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