June 28, 2016

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Brunswick Hills Twp. enacts new parking law

Maria Kacik | The Gazette

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — Residents are going to have to pay more attention to where they leave their vehicles.

Trustees recently passed an ordinance regarding parking on township streets. Previously, the only parking rule was a ban when snowfall exceeded 2 inches.

The ordinance adopted June 23 allows vehicles to park only on the side of the street without fire hydrants. In addition, vehicles will not be able to park on township streets between 2 and 6 a.m.

Most municipalities and several townships in the area have similar rules. Trustee Mike Esber said Brunswick Hills modeled its ordinance after Hinckley Township’s parking ordinance.

Esber said township officials have received several complaints from residents about parking.

In “certain neighborhoods, people would leave their vehicles out in the streets for months at a time. And this (ordinance) will prevent that because they will have to be moved,” he said Friday.

With parking on one side of the street only, Esber said traffic will flow easier in the neighborhoods with narrower streets.

He said signs will be placed throughout the township in the next weeks and the new rules will be advertised for 30 days in newspapers. During that time, violators will receive warnings only.

Sgt. Steve Klopfenstein, acting police chief, said most of the parking violations will result in a $10 fine if it is paid within five days. Paid after the five days, the fee increases to $20.

Esber said the township doesn’t expect the fines to bring in much money.

“It’s not a money-making thing. It’s a safety issue,” he said.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.

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