Big Spring To Revamp Their Front Yard Parking Ordinance 1/8/14
January 8th, 2014
Big Spring, Tx
Big Spring is creating a new front yard parking ordinace. The current ordinace has been in effect for about 11 years and city officials say it's ineffective.
The current ordinance calls for a five dollar fine. As a result of the low fine, cars parked on lawns can be seen throughout the city.
"It's an eye sore," said Mikel Friedland.
She says she has complained to the city about the issue for months. She says the new ordinance has too many exceptions and impossible for the city to enforce.
"What we need is a clarification of that...some thing a little more simplistic and we certainly need to raise the fines," she said.
Councilman Glen Carrigan says he will push for an ordinance that clearly states cars must park in a drive way or street, as well as increase the fine.
"No less than 25 and probably 50 dollars for the first offense and probably escalate it after that," Carrigan said.
Still, Code Enforcement is short handed. Enforcing this law would add to their numerous duties. Carrigan says police can help with the burden.
"They'll have the authority to write tickets or talk to people," he said.