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FRG rescinds winter overnight parking ban

Published: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

FOX RIVER GROVE – Residents again will be able to park on the street overnight.

The village’s rules for overnight parking that prohibited on-street parking from 2 to 6 a.m. during the winter have been rescinded.

The Village Board on Thursday reverted back to its old rules of allowing people to park on the street overnight. People, however, cannot park vehicles on the street if there are at least 2 inches of snow during a snow event and for the following 12 hours.

Many residents complained when the village prohibited on-street parking from 2 to 6 a.m., Village President Bob Nunamaker said.

The Village Board put in the rules last year because there were instances of people who had their cars plowed in after public works went down the streets to clear snow, Nunamaker said.

Nunamaker said many snow events happen during the evening hours, so “the logic is we shouldn’t park [on the streets] at those times.”

He added that many municipalities have similar restrictions.

Village Administrator Karl Warwick said there were residents in town with little or no private parking, and they needed to be able to park on the streets at night.

Trustee Steve Knar said he didn’t support the overnight parking restrictions when they were first put into place because he didn’t want a blanket ordinance for the entire village. Some areas of towns have narrower streets than others.

“You can’t just institute a change like that, especially in subdivisions where people are paying gobs of money to be there,” Knar said. “There’s no safety issue with them [parking] on the street.”

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