Parking in downtown Ottawa now requires special care in order to avoid a ticket.
At its meeting Tuesday the City Council passed an ordinance expanding illegal parking.
According to the city code “park means the standing of any vehicle, whether occupied or not, upon any street except for a period of time reasonably necessary for the loading or unloading of persons or materials."
It has long been illegal in Ottawa to park — or stand — a vehicle on any roadway for the principal purpose of storage, displaying it for sale, or “washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle except repairs necessitated by an emergency.”
Now on streets with marked individual parking spaces it is illegal to park anywhere except between space lines. It also is illegal to park “on or over the marked lines within a marked parking zone.”
“This is just some clean-up language making sure that it’s clear where parking is allowed and isn’t,” Commissioner Tom Ganiere said at the meeting.
There was no discussion of the ordinance. Voting in favor were Mayor Bob Eschbach and Commissioners Ganiere, Dan Aussem and James Less. Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut was absent.