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Green Bay alderperson wants to change city's overnight parking ordinance ban

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Posted at 10:14 PM, Aug 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-24 01:58:55-04

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — In some areas of Green Bay, you will find cars parked on the street because there is only so much room in the driveways.

"I just think the city should change with the times and make some adjustments," Green Bay resident Paul Neja said.

Neja lives along Roscoe Street, an older part of town with smaller driveways and garages.

He says his family has five cars total, making it impossible for every one of them to fit in his driveway overnight.

"So, we have to make accommodations to go and park whether it'd be at a park & ride, at a friend's, or another family member's to make sure we don't get a parking ticket," Neja said.

"There are certainly people who could really use the overnight parking, and they have tons and tons of fines to show for it because they have nowhere else to park," District 8 alderperson Chris Wery said.

Which is why Wery wants some new alternatives with overnight parking.

"This has probably been — in my 20 years on Council — brought up at least 10-12 times it seems like," Wery said.

According to city law, overnight parking is not allowed unless it's approved ahead of time.

On Wednesday night, the city's Improvement and Services Committee is scheduled to discuss alternatives that would allow overnight parking.

Wery says he is open to year-round overnight parking except during the winter, alternate-side parking, or permit parking.

"Anything is going to be a win, so I'd like to hear from the new members and see what they think is reasonable," Wery said.

"I think the city could use a couple of those and combine them," Neja said.

And when saying a couple of those, Neja means allowing alternate-side and permit parking overnight.

"Then you're not cluttering every street with every car in the community," Neja said.

According to current city rules, vehicles are not allowed to park on any city streets between 3 and 5 a.m., unless the Parking Division is notified beforehand in certain circumstances. If approved, vehicles can only stay there for up to two weeks.

Overnight on-street parking is not allowed for apartments, businesses, and commercial property.