An education on parking ordinances for crotchety Mr. Haley

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Dan Haley's recent column about his parking ticket gave the impression that he might need some additional information about village parking rules and regulations ("Pitiful musings of a really crotchety hold man," March 12).

First, I would like to point out these are indeed parking ordinances, which are local laws that comprise the village code. These ordinances are initiated by the Parking and Traffic Commission, a group of citizens who volunteer their time to improve parking conditions throughout the community. The commission holds public hearings on any proposed changes and recommends action to the elected members of the Board of Trustees who decide if changes to our local laws are in the best interest of the community.

In comparison with other communities, Oak Park's parking violation administrative process is extremely user friendly. To my knowledge Oak Park is the only community in the Chicago metropolitan area that provides two hearing opportunities for every ticket. Oak Park also gives individuals 14 days to deal with a ticket, compared to seven days in most communities. Additionally, Oak Park parking tickets can be appealed in writing, on-line or in person at Village Hall, rather than just in Cook County Court.

Mr. Haley also had some questions regarding snowplowing. If vehicle owners such as Mr. Haley do not park their cars on the designated side of the street, snow plows cannot clean curb to curb. And if streets are not plowed curb to curb, the area around the illegally parked vehicle becomes a safety hazard and already scarce parking spaces are lost because the snow plow requires considerable space to swing around the illegally parked vehicle.

No one likes getting a ticket, but once you get one, you have a responsibility to deal with it in accordance with the law.

Alva Johnson
Parking Services Manager, Village of Oak Park

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