Dec 03

Recreational Vehicle and Trailer Parking on City Streets

Posted on December 3, 2019 at 9:10 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  There are lots of trailers and motorhomes that are more or less permanently parked on city streets in neighborhoods like the tree area and around schools. I walk and cycle a lot and even driving these trailers and motorhomes make it difficult to see on-coming traffic. Is it legal for these opaque lumps of steel to be parked for days, weeks or even months on end without moving? If it isn't legal, can the police start ticketing them so that they get moved and make travel on the streets safer?

A.  Per Laramie Municipal Code, it is legal for RVs and trailers to be parked on city streets, as long as they are parked according to code—see below for full code citation.

City of Laramie Municipal Code

10.36.330 – Recreational vehicle, trailer—Parking permitted in certain places.

In addition to the limitations specified in this chapter, recreational vehicles and trailers may be parked in the street only if the area in which any such vehicle is parked is immediately and entirely adjacent to real property which is owned and occupied by the owner of the recreational vehicle or trailer. No more than one recreational vehicle or trailer may be parked in the street per residential property owner.

Ord. No. 1717 , § 1, 9-6-2016)

Nov 15

WYDOT Survey Crew on N 3rd Street

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 4:55 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  The survey crews were working in front of Safeway on 3rd earlier this week. Is the State finally going to do something about the traffic SNAFU on 3rd? Left turns out of Safeway, or left turns from any road heading West, are nearly impossible at certain times of the day!!

A.  WYDOT crews are  currently collecting preliminary data work and will develop plans with the intent of installing a new signal system. The new signal will be installed at the intersection of Third and Flint and is scheduled for FY2022.

Nov 13

Formed Parking District--Parking Violations

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 11:42 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Paying for a parking permit is a requirement and a social contract i see the value of and abide by. I am, however, frustrated at the lack of enforcement of this social contract. I live on a street and see constantly numerous cars that occupy available slots intended for people who live on the street and pay the parking permit fee. There are at least 5 vehicles i know of that have been parked either permanently or on and off for long stretches of time on said street, and i have had to park on a street over because these cars occupy spots and they dont have permits.

I guess i am frustrated by the fact that i am required to pay, but it seems i could have done without paying as there are no consequences for paying to park in city designated zones. Which begs the question, if the social contract is not being honored , why should i keep paying?
I am talking both about students who park in these places for class but more importantly about the ones who seem to be using these spots as theirs.

Any comment on this matter would be appreciated.

A.  If you witness vehicles parking in residential permit zones without the proper permit displayed, you can report those to Dispatch at 721-2526 and an officer will be sent to check for violations. Officers proactively enforce the residential zones, but often have to respond to calls and are committed to workloads that may not allow them to find all violations. Also, per City of Laramie Municipal Code #10.36.100 there is a time limit for anyone parking in front of or alongside another’s property—see below for details. You may call Dispatch to report violations of this code as well.

10.36.100- Parking in front of or alongside of another's property—Time limit.

It is unlawful for any person to park any vehicle for a continuous period of more than twenty-four hours on a street within the city in front of or along the side of property belonging to or occupied by another person without the express consent of the owner or occupant. The penalty for violation of this section is provided in Section 10.36.350 of this chapter. See Section 10.06.010(H) of this code concerning the city's power to have vehicles parked in violation of this section removed.

(Prior code § 23-26.1; Ord. 1120 § 2, 1993; Ord. 1436 § 3, 2004)