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New parking rules to go in effect within days in downtown DeKalb

Downtown residents will have option of purchasing parking pass at annual, pro-rated rate

The city council will discuss the proposed downtown parking changes in a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, 5 p.m., at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.
The city council will discuss the proposed downtown parking changes in a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, 5 p.m., at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

DeKALB – New downtown parking regulations aimed at giving residents more options for overnight parking and everyone more options to stay longer without fear of parking tickets will take effect.

Under new rules approved by the City Council on Monday, which will take effect in a week to 10 days, time limits almost all on-street parking and parking in the Embree, Pond, and Van Buer parking lots will be three hours instead of two from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with on-street parking banned between 2 and 6 a.m. for street cleaning.

The remaining nine public parking lots downtown will have unrestricted daytime parking. Those lots also will have a limited number of designated spaces that downtown residents can reserve annually with the purchase of a $75 parking pass.

The passes would allow residents to reserve a spot in one of the lots for $75 a year, or a pro-rated cost of $7 a month.

Downtown residents can also choose to park in the unrestricted parking spaces in public lots on a first-come, first-served basis, but would need to adhere to overnight restrictions.

The new parking rules are the result of months of discussion among city officials, including police Cmdr. Craig Woodruff, and residents.

City Manager Bill Nicklas said the city would notify drivers of the changes first.

"We're not going to rigorously enforce until all the signs are up," Nicklas said. "And even then, the police department typically does informational flyers instead of tickets saying things have changed."

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