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Lincoln City City Council: If you park a vehicle in front of your house for over 24 hours, it can be a $500 fine

The Lincoln City City Council has passed a new city law that says a vehicle can be towed and a fine written against its owner if the vehicle is parked in front of the owner’s house for over 24 hours.  The prohibition was prompted by a pattern of some residents of Lincoln City parking their R/Vs or Travel Trailers on the street.  Of course the street technically belongs to the city.  Mayor Dick Anderson and the City Attorney were quite vocal about residents parking vehicles in front of their homes as “freeloading” on the taxpayers because the streets technically belong to the whole city – not just for homeowners or renters.  The same was inferred in the case of residents who park their broken down cars or R/Vs on the street in front of their dwellings.

Some city councilors said there’s a difference between cars, R/Vs and long-term broken down vehicles.  R/Vs and broken down vehicles don’t belong on the street for extended periods of time and they should be ticketed, stored somewhere else or taken to a junk yard.

There are families who have more than one or two drivers.  There are also homeowners or renters who rent out rooms which create more drivers.  Skyrocketing housing costs are forcing people to bunch up in what dwellings there are.

Police Chief Jerry Palmer acknowledged the dilemma and indicated that they would concentrate on junk vehicles and RVs first and that they would go out of their way to consult with vehicle owners first before writing a ticket which could run up to a maximum fine of $500.

Most of the city councilors reluctantly voted for the 24 hour limit for parking in front of your own home.  We’ll see how it plays out.

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