Lincoln alderman takes last stab at a parking ordinance
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[December 17, 2012]
Last Tuesday evening at the committee
of the whole workshop meeting of the Lincoln City Council, Alderman
David Wilmert said he was prepared to "beat on a dead horse some
more." He was referring to the residential parking ordinances that
he and Stacy Bacon have been working on, trying to get something
passed. Before the night was out, he also told the council that with
this last attempt, he is done. It will not be brought back to the
council by him at least.
He told the aldermen he was primarily interested in getting
something passed that would allow the parking of trailers in
driveways or adjacent all-weather surfaces. He said this was a
separate issue from allowing the parking of trailers on city
He also noted that there is a draft of a parking
ordinance for street-side parking, but he doesn't support the draft
and will not work to get anything passed on that particular
Wilmert said the discussion several weeks ago of what constitutes
a trailer led him to ask for input from the other aldermen. He
wanted them to email or contact him with their definition of what is
or is not a trailer. He said he got zero response from that request,
so he had put together the definition on his own.
He said he wanted to put on the Monday agenda a vote to authorize
the drafting of a new ordinance based on the document he has
Wilmert read his final draft:
"Citizens shall be
allowed to park up to 2 trailers on their own driveways or
continuous all-weather surface attached thereto. Parking of trailers
is not subject to a set back requirement other than must not
obstruct a sidewalk or must not obstruct or extend into a city right
"For purposes of
this ordinance trailers and all weathers surfaces is defined below:
surface is consists of concrete asphalt or gravel.
"A trailer, and
this is the list of stuff I was trying to compile:
"Camper, 5th wheel,
utility trailer, a covered personal trailer one or two axel, an open
personal trailer one or two axel, boat, golf cart, home made
trailers such as a modified passenger vehicle, this drew inspiration
from a picture that the zoning officer sent the last time we
discussed this, of a car that had been cut in half, trailers for
hauling vehicles a one or two axel, a U-Haul or moving van.
"What is not a
trailer: An RV, motor home, tractor-trailer like a semi, school bus,
short bus, church bus, snack shack, livestock or horse trailer."
When Wilmert finished, Mayor Keith Snyder asked if anyone had
comments or questions.
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Jonie Tibbs asked about the definition of a camper: Was Wilmert
referring to pop-up campers or what? Wilmert said it would be
whatever attached to another vehicle with a hitch.
Marty Neitzel commented that Wilmert was assuming the length
would be dependent on it fitting into the driveway without extending
into the city right of way or sidewalk. Wilmert said, yes, there
were no other rules regarding length.
Snyder asked if there was anything in the draft to limit the size
of the all-weather surface. Wilmert said there was not.
Tibbs wanted to clarify the "not a camper" definition, saying
anything on that list was not acceptable for parking in a driveway.
Wilmert said that was correct. He also noted if there was anything
that needed to be changed, that could be done.
With no other comments or questions, the council moved on to
This item is on the voting agenda for Monday evening. It may or
may not be voted upon, as the council has the right to table any
motion they are not prepared to vote on.
[By NILA SMITH]
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