By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Safety and accessibility for residents and visitors are the driving forces behind changes related to parking for That Famous Preston Night Rodeo parade, scheduled this year for July 31 and Aug. 1-2.
The Preston City Council is concerned about these two issues and has discussed problems associated with parade parking and “saving” spots to watch the parade, said councilman Todd Thomas.
“Every year the council hears a number of complaints from residents and visitors to the community about these issues,” said Thomas. “There is a safety problem that also needs to be addressed. We want to take corrective actions this year.”
Thomas and councilwoman Saundra Hubbard have met with police chief Ken Geddes to address the issues caused when some folks park trailers, boats and other wheeled equipment along the parade route weeks in advance of the parade.
“We are asking area residents to not reserve spots for the parade until the morning of each parade. We are also asking residents to refrain from putting chairs or other barricades on the city streets along the parade route,” he said. “Residents can place chairs in the parking strip in front of their residences, but not in the city street.”
Thomas said the city has an ordinance in place that prohibits parking a non-motorized vehicle on a city street for more than 24 hours at a time.
“It shall be unlawful for any person to park a non-motorized vehicle, such as a boat, camper, trailer, or other such vehicle on a city street for a period in excess of 24 hours,” the ordinance states.
Thomas said he would also like to see cooperation from the public about motorized vehicles, as well, and asks residents to refrain from parking any vehicle along the parade route until the morning of each parade.
Councilman Neal Larson said there should be tickets and enforcement if people don’t comply with the ordinance.
“If it’s a trailer, I think it needs to be taken care of. If a trailer is parked along the parade route in advance of the parade, I think the owners need to be ticketed, as the ordinance reads.”
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