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Brownton City Council takes in comments on changes in its winter parking ordinance

The Brownton City Council took in comments from a resident regarding its snow removal ordinance at its Feb. 3 meeting, but indicated that it probably will not be making any more changes.
In November, the City Council decided to adopt a snow removal policy similar to the city of Glencoe’s, establishing no parking on city streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the months of November through April, regardless of whether there is snow on the ground or not.
Brownton resident Jamie Bah told the City Council at its February meeting that the new ordinance treats residents like little kids.
Bah said that while he understands the need to get vehicles off the street for snow removal, the new ordinance is too prohibitive.
“We have to get permission to park on the streets that our tax dollars paid for,” said Bah.
If it is absolutely necessary for people to park on the streets — for instance, if they have overnight visitors — they are asked to call the city and let the police department know.
Bah said that makes him feel like he needs parental permission to have guests.
“It’s like, ‘hey, dad, I’m having people over. Is it OK if we park on the street?’” Bah said.
Bah also said he is not the only one with concerns, but others did not feel they could make a difference by approaching the City Council.
Mayor Norm Schwarze said the City Council had tried to find a policy that made perfectly clear when citizens can and cannot park on the streets.
Other policies the city has tried, Schwarze said, determined parking based on snow events, which led to speculation on what actually constitutes a snow event.
Police Chief Ken Bauer said the police department tries to use common sense in enforcing the ordinance.

For more, see the Feb. 11 print edition of The Chronicle.