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City To Consider Ordinance That Would Allow Overnight Parking In Downtown Area

At the most recent Fairfield Public Safety and Transportation Committee meeting Downtown business owner Joel Roodman requested that the city allow overnight parking for people who live downtown. The nearby cities of Mt Pleasant, Washington, and Oskaloosa all allow overnight parking in their downtowns, except for during snow removal and street sweeping. With more people residing in second- floor apartments in Fairfield’s downtown, and the year-round parking ban from 2:00am – 6:00am, it creates a hardship for downtown residents. The Committee and City staff discussed the details of how residents will be made aware of times they’re not allowed to park overnight, with announcements made on the radio or the city’s website and Facebook page. At the conclusion of the discussion a motion was made to make a recommendation to the full Council to amend city ordinance that would allow overnight parking in Fairfield’s downtown area, except for during snow emergencies and street cleaning. The motion passed unanimously.

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