Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Alternate Side Parking Resumes, No Campus Area Exemption, by Erich Schnell

            The city of La Crosse has re-instated an alternate side parking policy  frequently forgotten or misunderstood by students.

Last year the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and surrounding neighborhood was exempt from normal city parking rules.  Instead alternate side parking rules were instituted during “snow removal periods” on a need basis.

The policy has changed this year, and students will no longer have to park according to “snow removal periods.”   Instead students must now park according to the city alternate parking plan,  in effect on November 1st.

The city policy states that vehicles must be parked on the proper side of the street between the hours of 1:00am and 6:00am every evening to allow for snow removal and cleanup to occur. On dates with an even calendar number after midnight, vehicles must be parked on the even side of the street, and on odd calendar dates vehicles must be parked on the odd side. 

The La Crosse Police Department does not hesitate to ticket violators of the alternate side parking plan. For a first and second parking offense the ticket is $10.00 and must be paid to City of La Crosse.  Ticket costs also go up if the vehicle is not moved or if the ticket is not paid on time. A ticket must be paid within 10 days or the cost (of a 1st and 2nd offense) goes up to $20.00.  A vehicle registration in Wisconsin cannot be renewed with unpaid fines.

Further information about ticketing and the alternate side parking policy can be found at the City of La Crosse Public Works Website: http://www.cityoflacrosse.org/index.aspx?NID=2644