Mandan City Commissioners on Tuesday voted to tighten rules for parking trailers and campers on city streets and approved banning dogs and cats from two popular public gathering places.
Drivers will now be cited for parking trailers and campers in front of other people's homes. Fines also will increase from $10 to $50 for violating parking laws for trailers and campers.
Residents also can now be fined $20 for bringing dogs and cats to Dykshoorn Park and the Heritage Plaza.
Police Chief Lori Flaten proposed making it illegal for residents to park certain trailers, boat trailers and campers in front of a neighbor’s property during the Aug. 6 commission meeting. Residents are allowed to park trailers and campers in front of a driver’s own home to load and unload vehicles -- but for a maximum of 12 hours.
Flaten said her department has received complaints from residents about people parking large vehicles in front of their homes for more than the allowed time. Since May, the city has received 76 parking-related complaints about campers, trailers and boats, she said.
The commission on Tuesday voted 5-1 to approve the new ordinance, with Mayor Tim Helbling casting the vote in opposition.
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“I just feel that an ordinance like that should encompass everything and shouldn’t single out one group,” he said in an interview after the meeting.
A separate ordinance that passed unanimously Tuesday gives the commission the authority to ban dogs and cats from any city-owned property. The commission then passed a resolution implementing the ban at Dykshoorn Park and the Heritage Plaza. Service animals are excluded.
The Mandan Progress Organization, which holds events such as Art in the Park and Buggies N Blues, brought forward the proposal. The organization has had issues with people bringing their dogs and cats to Dykshoorn Park and the Heritage Plaza and not picking up after them.
Commissioner Dennis Rohr added during the Aug. 6 meeting that there were recent incidents of dogs fighting one another during the events.
In an interview prior to Tuesday's meeting, Rohr, a committee member of Art in the Park for many years, expressed support for the ordinance, saying a lot of the dogs that owners bring "look miserable" anyway.