MOSES LAKE — Starting Aug. 3, drivers parking on city sidewalks can receive a civil infraction costing up to $150 for not moving their vehicles.
The City Council approved the ordinance change at Tuesday’s council meeting.
City Code Enforcement and Community Service officers have dealt with repeat violators who are prompting residents’ complaints about sidewalks being obstructed, partially obstructed, blocked, or partially blocked by vehicles, according to a staff report.
Once the ordinance change takes effect on Aug. 3, Code Enforcement officers would not require a Notice to Correct or a Notice of Violation and Order to Correct. Instead, personal contact would be made with the violator. If contact is not made, a written warning will be left on the vehicle’s windshield with a compliance deadline set by the officer. If the issue is not corrected, the final step is a civil infraction.
Compliance typically takes up to a month under the current ordinance. It is estimated compliance can be gained in days with the ordinance change.
The new section reads as follows: “No vehicle as defined in sections 8.52.020 (I) and (J) of the Moses Lake Municipal Code shall render any sidewalk unsafe for passage by parking on or over, obstructing or partially obstructing, any sidewalk in any residential, commercial, or industrial zone.”
For more information, please contact Code Enforcement Officer Rick Rodriguez at 509-764-3753.