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City distributes survey about oversized parking

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 4:54 p.m. CST; updated 10:31 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — The city wants to hear from citizens about whether the parking of oversized vehicles is a problem in their neighborhoods.

The Office of Neighborhood Services on Tuesday sent a link to an online survey asking residents to describe any complaints they have about the parking of oversized vehicles on their streets. Bill Cantin, neighborhood response coordinator, said the goal is to determine the gravity of the situation and whether it needs to be addressed.

Cantin said the Office of Neighborhood Services has received “a handful of complaints” from members of the community about concerns such as tractor-trailers parking on their street.

The oversized vehicles described in the survey are trucks larger than dual-wheeled pickups and panel vans, such as semi-tractors and box delivery trucks, as well as recreational vehicles such as motor homes and fifth-wheel trailers.

The city permits all of these vehicles to park on city streets as long as they are licensed, operable and not “junk-filled,” according to the survey.

The city has several ordinances on neighborhood parking in Columbia — for example, no car can block a sidewalk or driveway. On Monday, the City Council tabled a bill that would prohibit drivers from parking within 10 feet of a mailbox.

Cantin said that if the survey shows that the parking of oversized vehicles is a problem in the community, the Office of Neighborhood Services will investigate what other cities have done to mitigate the problem. The city might adopt an ordinance restricting the parking of such vehicles on residential roads, Cantin said.


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Bill Fisher January 19, 2011 | 6:31 p.m.

Not helpful. The link tells me I've already taken the survey, even though I definitely haven't.

Along Derby Ridge, there are numerous school buses parked all day, except while on routes, including overnight. They take up space in bike lanes, and at least one of them has left a huge puddle of oil in one, which makes it dangerous to ride when the bus isn't there.

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Anne Koncki January 19, 2011 | 10:37 p.m.

Hi Bill Fisher,
I'm Anne Koncki, the reporter who worked on this story. Thanks so much for letting us know about the problem with the link. It has been changed and I believe it works now. Thanks again for for heads-up.

Anne

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Chris Cady January 20, 2011 | 12:05 p.m.

For a second I thought this was a survey about the oversized parking *structure*. Kinda late for that, ha ha. :-D

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