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City parking ordinance delayed for now


Sidney City Council delayed a third reading of its carrier parking ordinance Tuesday.

Ordinance 1787 was held until the council’s April 11 meeting to be amended to include language for exemptions after hearing citizens’ concerns.

The ordinance prohibits “motor carriers, common carriers or contract carriers” from parking in residential districts “except for the purpose of expeditiously loading or unloading their commercial contents.”

“This addresses carriers,” Ed Sadler, city manager, said. “It does not address RVs. It does not address any other vehicles at this point. I know the council will consider other options as we move forward.”

Citizens voiced their complaints and concerns.

Phil Kurz, Kurz Trucking, said carriers are not at fault for poor street conditions.

“It’s not trucks tearing up the streets. It’s the weather,” he said. “Every place I went by where trucks were parked there was no more damage than on the streets no trucks ever go on.”

Larry Nelson said the ordinance unfairly affects only a few.

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