Good afternoon Hiawatha,
I am trying something new here at the Police Department. I am going to start a regular post (unless i forget then i would hope you all would remind me) called POINT OF LAW, it is my hopes that by sharing our current city ordinance, city code, or state law, we can all learn something that maybe we didn't know before and maybe it will save someone from getting a ticket or worse.
for our first Point of Law; Trailers and the parking of them along a public street. So below i have given you all of our city's current ordinances that apply to trailers. I will add that we have seen some trailers in violation today and we will be reaching out those folks in violation in hopes of just correcting the violation and moving the trailer.
Also please don't hesitate to call our department if you have other concerns around town, for example here is a spoiler alert, our next Point of Law is going to deal with cars illegally parked on the wrong side of the street facing the wrong way.
14-213. TRAILERS; PROHIBITION. It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or partnership to park or leave standing any trailer upon the public streets and alleys of the city. (Code 1977, 10.20.110)
14-214. SAME; EXCEPTION. A person, firm, or corporation may park a trailer, when physically connected to a motor vehicle for the purpose of towing it, for a period of not to exceed two hours in 24 hours for the purpose of unloading or loading property or people into the trailer. This section shall not apply to trucks loading or unloading under Chapter 10 of the city code. (Code 1977, 10.20.120)
14-215. SAME; PERMIT FOR EXTENDED TIME. In the event a person, firm or corporation or partnership cannot load or unload the trailer in two hours’ time, he or she may apply to the chief of police or his or her appointed representative for additional hours to complete the loading or unloading. (Code 1977, 10.20.130)
14-216. SAME; POLICE OFFICERS AUTHORIZED TO REMOVE. (a) Whenever any police officer finds a trailer in violation of any provisions of this chapter, he or she shall, at the time of the delivering of the citation to the owner thereof, request the owner to remove the trailer from the City Street or alley within two hours from the delivery of the citation. In the event that the trailer is not removed by the owner within two hours from the delivery of the citation, then the police officer is authorized to have or cause to have the trailer removed to a place of safety. In the event that the officer is unable to ascertain the name of the owner of any trailer found upon the streets or alleys of the city, then the officer is authorized to remove or cause to be removed the trailer to a place of safety. (b) After the removal of the trailer to a safe place by the police officer from the streets or alleys of the city, he or she shall try to ascertain the name of the owner of the trailer and so notify the owner of the location of the trailer to the place to which it has been removed. The owner shall, after paying the towing and any storage charges, be allowed to remove the trailer. In any event that the owner does not claim the trailer within 48 hours of notification or the police officer is unable to ascertain the ownership of the trailer, then the trailer shall be sold as unclaimed or abandoned property in accordance with Chapter 8. (Code 1977, 10.20.140)
14-217. SAME; VIOLATION; PENALTY. (a) Any person, firm, corporation or partnership in violation of any provision of sections 14-213:216 is subject to a fine not less than $25.00 nor more than $150.00 or by imprisonment for not to exceed 30 days or by both such fine and imprisonment. (b) Each such person, firm, corporation or partnership shall be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day during any portion of which any violation of any provision of sections 14-213:216 is committed, continued or permitted by any such person, firm, corporation or partnership and he shall be punished accordingly. (Code 1977, 10.20.150)