Bova Will Rework Bill Limiting Number Of Cars Parked On Residential Property In Ste. Genevieve

City of Ste. Genevieve community development administrator David Bova will redraft a bill to limit the number of cars parked on residential property in the city.

The bill, which was tabled at both the May 9 and May 23 Board of Aldermen meetings, will be extensively revised before the board considers it at its June 27 meeting.

The proposed ordinance had three sections.

Section A  stipulated that vehicles may not be parked in a front, side or rear yard for more than 48 hours, except on a paved surface.

Section B limited the amount of a residential lot that could be paved or used for vehicle parking to 40 percent of the the lot’s area.

Section C limited the number of vehicles — including boats, trailers, motorcycles and recreational vehicles — to no more than five per residence or dwelling unit. It would have taken effect immediately, but violators would have had one year to comply.

After much debate, it was agreed that sections A and B will be removed and that the revised bill will focus only on the five-vehicle limit.

When the bill was given a second reading, toward the close of the meeting, Ward 4 Alderman Joe Prince said he had received “nothing but negative [feedback] on this.”

“I don’t think it solves the problem,” Ward 3 Alderman Jimmie Jones said.

Ward 1 Alderwoman Susie Johnson said she had discussed some issues in the wording with Bova and asked if there were any other concerns.

“It’s not a widespread problem in town,” Prince said, “and the complaints that I’ve gotten of having to put in a rock or gravel driveway in a spot where they’ve parked the past 30 years — my house included. We park off to the side of our driveway from time to time, depending on one of the other occupants of the house’s work schedule.”

See complete story in the June 19 edition of the Herald.

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