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August 6, 2012

Council approves fees for annual parking permits in Westwood area

Owners can purchase one or two annual permits

STILLWATER, Okla. — A resolution was approved Monday by the Stillwater City Council establishing fees for annual parking permits for on-street parking in the Westwood neighborhood directly southwest of the Oklahoma State University campus.

In July, the council approved an ordinance that would require parking permits in the neighborhood.

Complaints have ranged from narrow streets clogged with vehicles to students who don’t live in the neighborhood parking on the streets and walking to class.

On Monday, City Manager Dan Galloway said each property owner in the district will be able to pay a $40 optional assessment fee. This is a one-time fee to pay for the costs of establishing the system.

After the owner’s property is assessed, he or she will be allowed to purchase one or two annual permits at $5 each. If a permit is lost or destroyed, there will be a $10 replacement fee.

If a new owner moves into the property, he or she will be required to pay the one-time fee of $40. An absentee owner will be able to have someone purchase a permit on their behalf.

Mayor John Bartley said, “Since this is a resolution, this can be amended as needed.”

 Galloway told him the resolution could be amended as the system is put into place.

At the last meeting of the Stillwater City Council, punishment for violation of the parking ordinance was established.

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.

All residents will be able to purchase one permit, but a second permit will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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