8.150. Definitions. Any term used in this ordinance and defined in Minnesota Statutes 169.01 has the meaning given to it by that section. Otherwise, all words and phrases used in this ordinance shall be defined in accordance with their common usage and meaning.
8.151. Prohibitions. No person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle, or permit it to stand, or remain, whether attended or unattended, contrary to the following:
(1) Signs which have been erected as required by law or by order of the City Council;
(2) Any provisions of this ordinance.
8.152. Designation of Restricted Parking Zones. The city council may, by resolution, designate certain streets or portions of certain streets as any of the following: No parking zone, no stopping zone, no standing zone, physically handicapped zone, limited parking zone, truck zone, loading zone, safety zone, bus stop or taxi stop zone, truck or commercial vehicle parking zone, and such other zones as may be necessary to assist in the direction and control of traffic. The council may likewise, by resolution adopt restrictions which apply to and govern the parking of vehicles in such designated zones.
All zones designated by the council shall be marked by appropriate signs. During the hours specified on each sign, no person shall stop, stand, whether attended or unattended, for a period of time longer than is specified on the sign, and no vehicle shall be stopped, allowed to stand, or parked in a "no parking zone" or in a zone where parking is otherwise prohibited, except as permitted by state law, and except as otherwise permitted hereunder.
8.153. Emergency Parking.
(1) A vehicle may be parked temporarily in a zone which prohibits or restricts parking for the purpose of forming a funeral procession.
(2) Any vehicle owned or occupied by a physician on an emergency call may be parked temporarily in a zone which prohibits or restricts parking for the purpose of making the call and rendering emergency service, provided the privilege shall not be granted for any period of time longer than is reasonably necessary to complete the call and render service.
(3) Any other authorized emergency vehicle, the driver or owner of which is engaged in responding to a bona fide emergency, may be parked.
8.154. Angle Parking and Parallel Parking. Angle parking shall be required on streets where painted angle parking lines have been placed, and on such streets, every vehicle shall be parked within a single space as the space is marked on the street or curb, and no vehicle shall be parked in more than one marked space. On all other streets, cars shall be parked parallel to the curb or edge of the roadway in accordance with state law.
8.155. Parking Regulations.
(1) No person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle, or permit it to stand or remain, whether attended or unattended, in any of the following places:
a. On any curb, cross walk, or sidewalk;
b. Along any curb line marked with yellow paint;
c. Within any intersection;
d. Within ten feet of a fire hydrant;
e. Within twenty (20) feet or the entrance to a fire station;
f. Within any restricted parking zone designated by the City Council;
g. Double parking;
h. Blocking any driveway or alleyway;
i. Within fifty (50) feet of a railroad crossing;
j. In excess of a designated time limit or contrary to a posted parking prohibition;
k. On any street where snow removal, street maintenance, cleaning, repair, excavation is taking place on where commencement of such work has been announced or posted, or where such work makes the street partially obstructed;
l. On the wrong side of the street;
m. For the purpose of camping or sleeping in a motor vehicle within the city limits outside of areas designed for camping or sleeping.
n. On any public street, public right-of-way or public parking lot whereby the vehicle has not been moved for a period of five (5) consecutive days.
(2) During the hours specified on any sign prohibiting or restricting parking, no person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle, or permit it to remain, whether attended or unattended, for a period of time longer than is specified in such sign, and no vehicle shall be parked, allowed to stop or stand, nor shall any person stop, stand, or park any vehicle or permit it to stand or remain, whether attended or unattended, in a zone where parking is prohibited.
8.156. Snow plowing, Snow removal, Street maintenance or Repair.
(1) No person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle or permit it to stand or remain upon any street, whether attended or unattended, during such times as snow plowing, snow removal, street cleaning or street repair or maintenance operations are taking place.
(2) Snow plowing, snow removal, street cleaning and street repair or maintenance operations shall be announced and notice given to the public through the posting of signs or announcements in the media at least six (6) hours prior to the commencement of any such snow removal, street cleaning or street repair and maintenance operation.
8.157. Abandoned Vehicles. All abandoned vehicles found within the city limits shall be dealt with pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 168B.01 - 168B.13 and City ordinance No. 8.158 notwithstanding the language or definitions of Minnesota Statutes 168B.01 - 168.13, this Ordinance applies to “vehicles” as defined in Minnesota Statutes 169.01. An abandoned vehicle shall be defined as set forth in Minnesota Statues 168B and in addition, shall also be considered abandoned when said vehicle is determined by the Chief of Police or his agent to be an inoperative vehicle as herein defined or to which the last registered owner of record has relinquished dominion and control or which does not have attached to it current license plates or tabs as required by State law, and which is not stored in a totally enclosed structure. Any motor vehicle which cannot be driven or propelled under its own power in its existing condition or which cannot be driven or propelled under its own power in a safe manner because of its wrecked, junked, or partially dismantled condition shall be considered an inoperative vehicle. Any person who abandons a vehicle on public or private property without the consent of the person in control of such property is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1) A police officer may remove a vehicle from public or private property to a place of storage designated by the City Council when the vehicle
a. Is left unattended and constitutes an obstruction to traffic or hinders snow plowing, snow removal, street cleaning, street maintenance, repairs or excavation, or
b. Is in violation of any State Statute or City Ordinance which regulates the stopping, standing or parking of any vehicle, or
c. Is hindering emergency services, or
d. Is abandoned in accordance with Minnesota Statute 168B.01‑168.13 or City Ordinance 8.157.
(2) The provisions of Minnesota Statute 168.01‑168.13 shall govern the notice, right to reclaim, public sale and disposal of vehicles impounded pursuant to Subdivision 1, unless this Ordinance provides otherwise. Notice if required, shall be sent by certified mail. Payments to reclaim an impounded vehicle shall include all towing and storage charges and administrative costs resulting from taking the vehicle into custody.
(3) Towing and Storage. The City Council shall by resolution determine towing and storage fees and may designate authorized persons, firms, businesses or corporations for the removal, towing and storage of any vehicle impounded pursuant to Subdivision 1 and may determine rules and regulations and special conditions for such authorized persons, firms, businesses or corporations.
(4) Vehicles Held as Evidence in Criminal Proceedings. Provisions of this Ordinance shall apply to the release and disposition of any vehicles which were lawfully seized during the commission of a crime or held as evidence in a criminal proceeding, but for which custody is no longer necessary at which time notice shall be given pursuant to this Ordinance. Payment of towing or storage fees shall not be required as a condition of release when such towing and storage fees resulted from the taking of a vehicle into custody as evidence in a criminal proceeding, providing however, that storage fees shall be charged as of 72 hours after the date notice is received.
(5) The City Council is hereby authorized to adopt by resolution such rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this Ordinance. (11/1/82)
8.159. Application for Designation of Loading or Truck Zone. Any person desiring the establishment of a loading zone or a truck zone abutting premises occupied by his shall make written application to the City Council. If the City Council grants the request, the applicant shall be billed for the estimated costs of placing the signs and painting the curb and no signs shall be installed or action taken in connection with establishment of the zone until the estimated cost is paid by the applicant.
8.160. Parking of a Semi-Trailer Truck. It is unlawful to park a detached semi-trailer, or a semi-truck with a trailer on any street, City owned parking lot, or other public property. Further, it is unlawful to park a truck-tractor, or semi-truck with a trailer within any area zoned as residential, except for the purpose of loading or unloading the same with the following exceptions:
It shall be lawful to park a truck-tractor only on the street adjacent to the owner and or occupant of a home, with the occupant's permission and for a period not to exceed 72 continuous hours. However, the parking of said truck-tractor cannot be any closer than 20 feet from an intersection or 20 feet form a neighboring driveway.
Further it shall be lawful to park a truck-tractor on the property occupied by the truck-tractor operator for a period not to exceed 72 continuous hours.
The parking of a truck-tractor, pursuant to the above two paragraphs shall be allowed only when the truck-tractor is turned off with the engine not running.
Any violation of this particular section of the ordinance shall constitute a misdemeanor.
8.161. Parking of Commercial Vehicles. No person shall stop, stand or park any vehicle or permit it to stand or remain upon any street, whether attended or unattended in the business district in the City of Long Prairie between the hours of 8:00 o'clock A.M. and 6:00 o'clock P.M. on a business day if such vehicles has a net weight of more than 5500 pounds or a gross weight limitation of more than 10,000 pounds, except that such a vehicle may be parked temporarily in the business district for the purpose of having access to abutting property for the purpose of loading or unloading freight or other merchandise when such access cannot otherwise be secured from an alley or side street where such parking is not restricted.
8.162. Penalties. Any person found in violation of a provision of this Ordinance is guilty of a petty misdemeanor and shall be punished in accordance with state law.