Maywood Clamps Down on Overnight Parking on Village-Owned Property

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Open green space on the no hundred block of 19th Ave. in Maywood that has been used by motorists to park their vehicles overnight. | Google Earth

Friday, May 19, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The Maywood Board of Trustees recently clamped down on automobile owners who park their vehicles in vacant green lots owned by the village that aren’t technically classified as prohibited spaces in the village’s ordinances.

The village prohibits overnight street parking except for people who have village-issued overnight parking permits. But some people have been parking their vehicles overnight in areas across the village, particularly open green space near 22 S. 19th Ave., and have been getting away with it.

As long as those spaces weren’t clearly defined in village ordinances as spaces where overnight parking is prohibited, the village couldn’t ticket those violators.

At a May 16 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a code amendment that would close up that parking loophole. The village has already started installing signage on some of those properties in question, said Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr.

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Norfleet said that another village-owned space that is often used for overnight parking is on the No Hundred block of N. 5th Avenue. The space, he said, wasn’t recorded in the ordinances as a parking lot.

“You have to have it in your ordinance because there’s nothing to write the citation,” he said. “Then you have to legitimately post [signs] and warn the individuals.”

Former trustee Michael Rogers said that the signs should not be a prerequisite to enforcement.

“Park your vehicle in the property you own or you’re going to get a ticket,” Rogers said. “We should post the signs but we don’t have the speed limit posted everywhere either. The law is what it is.” VFP

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