ORDINANCE NO. 276
AN ORDINANCE RESTRICTING TRUCK TRAFFIC AND TRUCK PARKING WITHIN THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE BY AMENDING CHAPTER 4 OF, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 4.5 OF THE LESTER PRAIRIE MUNICIPAL CODE
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE ORDAINS:
Section 1: Section 4.5 WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS AND TRUCK ROUTES shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
“Section 4.5 WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS, TRUCK ROUTES, TRUCK PARKING AND TRUCK TRAFFIC.
4.5.1 Purpose. In accordance with the powers granted in Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 169.87 and 169.34, the City of Lester Prairie hereby restricts truck traffic to an improved route within the City. This action is to prevent the continued deterioration of streets not designed for such traffic, the potential safety hazards, and the abatement of noise, odors, and other nuisances associated with truck traffic in residential areas and other areas where such traffic may be in conflict with the existing land use.
4.5.2 Definitions. For the purpose of this Ordinance, the following terms will be defined as follows:
(a) TRUCK A truck is any motor vehicle that weighs in excess of 1 ton (18,000 gvwr (gross vehicle weight rating) but does not include the following vehicles:
(1) sanitation/garbage trucks
(2) emergency vehicles
(3) public maintenance vehicles
(4) moving vans or vehicles at such times as the same as used to move an individual, family, or business and their possessions to or from a residence or business
(5) delivery and construction vehicles that are in route to or from a place of delivery of goods and services or the construction site (but such delivery and construction vehicles must use truck routes when the same are available)
(6) Recreation vehicles, motorhomes, camping trailers, travel trailers, 5th wheel camping trailers
4.5.3 No person, firm or corporation shall operate, drive, tow or park any vehicle, or combination of vehicles, with a gross vehicle weight rating of over 18,000 pounds on any city street which has not been classified as a truck route
4.5.4 All tractors and tractor-trailer combinations are prohibited from parking on any residential street except in designated truck routes. All tractor trailer combinations must remain hooked together at all times when parked. No vehicle or combinations shall remain parked for more than six (6) hours. Seasonal parking restrictions will apply.
4.5.5 The Chief of Police or his designated person may authorize an overweight vehicle to use a street or roadway other than a truck route in an emergency situation.
4.5.6 The City Streets or roadways designated as truck routes are:
Central Ave. West east of Elm Street North
Second Ave. South west of Pine Street South
First Ave. North west of Pine Street North
Pine Street between First Ave. North and Second Ave. South
Hickory Street between First Ave. North and Second Ave. South
4.5.8 Any person violating any provisions of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $300.00 or ninety (90) days in jail or both.
Section 2. This Ordinance shall take effect and be in force following its passage and publication.
Adopted this 12th day of May, 2008.
CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE
By Eric Angvall, Its Mayor
By Marilyn L. Pawelk, Its City Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal May 19, 2008.