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July 30, 2012

Stillwater City Council moves forward with Westwood neighborhood parking permits

STILLWATER, Okla. — Details are being worked out regarding parking issues in the Westwood neighborhood immediately southwest of the Oklahoma State University campus.

In mid-July, the City Council approved an ordinance that would require parking permits in the neighborhood.

In early 2011, the Westwood Neighborhood Association attempted to fix what neighbors referred to as density issues from overcrowded student-rented houses. One of the main concerns was narrow streets that were clogged on either side with vehicles. Neighbors have also complained students who don’t live in the neighborhood park on the street and walk to class.

On Monday, the Stillwater City Council approved an ordinance to facilitate the orderly management of limited on-street parking available in the Westwood neighborhood area parking district.

The ordinance states that “it shall be unlawful to park a motor vehicle on a city-owned or maintained street located within the boundaries of the parking district without a valid and properly displayed parking permit.”

All residents will be able to purchase one permit, but a second permit will be available on a first come, first served basis. Stillwater officials estimated there are 700-plus parking spots and 584 properties in the Westwood neighborhood.

Permits are to be displayed by a hanging tag, facing forward and attached to the rear-view mirror.

The parking permits will be issued annually and will be effective Aug. 1 through July 31.

Those who violate the ordinance will be found guilty of a misdemeanor and fined $25. If a person repeatedly parks a car on the street without a permit, the fines will double the amount of the prior offense, not to exceed $200. Any vehicle parked unlawfully in the Westwood Neighborhood will be subject to towing at owner’s expense.

Councilor Philip Pina voiced concern regarding visitors of homeowners in the neighborhood.

City Manager Dan Galloway said, “We’ve met with homeowners and will come up with something that will allow temporary parking. We’re looking into 24-hour permits.”

He added that the permits will not be registered to vehicles, and will be interchangeable among vehicles.

The ordinance will go into effect on Oct. 1.

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