[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Monroe as Ch. 460 of the 1995 Codified Ordinances of Monroe. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Motor carriers — See Ch. 440.
Parking and street and sidewalk obstructions — See Ch. 625.
Parking on snow emergency routes — See Ch. 593.
Traffic rules and regulations generally — See MCLA §§ 257.601 et seq., 257.634 et seq.
Parking generally — See MCLA § 257.672 et seq.
Uniform Traffic Code — See MCLA § 257.951 et seq.
Parking Violations Bureaus — See MCLA § 600.8395.
The Parking Violations Bureau shall be under the supervision and control of the Clerk/Treasurer.
The City Council shall establish a convenient location for the Parking Violations Bureau, appoint qualified City employees to administer the Bureau and adopt rules and regulations for the operation thereof.
Under the jurisdiction of the statutes of the state, the City Charter and the Uniform Traffic Code, as adopted in Chapter 680, Article II, as well as its authority under the Charter and Home Rule for the enforcement of local parking ordinances, the Chief of Police may designate and appoint a civilian parking enforcement person.
Such person shall only enforce the local parking ordinance and shall not be considered a person exercising full police powers.
Said person shall receive such training as is designated by the Chief of Police to be conversant in parking rules and regulations, the writing of parking citations and all such other training as required by the Chief of Police so that the person may effectively and efficiently fulfill his or her job.
Such person shall be considered a civilian enforcement officer.
Other duties, by designation of the City Manager or his or her designee, may be added to such position, and any person so appointed shall not be limited strictly to parking enforcement duties.
All violations of this chapter and of those provisions of the Uniform Traffic Code that relate to parking, including traffic control orders thereunder, shall be administered by the Parking Violations Bureau.
No violation may be settled at the Parking Violations Bureau except at the specific request of the alleged violator. No penalty for any violation shall be accepted from any person who denies having committed the offense, and in no case shall the person who is in charge of the Bureau determine or attempt to determine the truth or falsity of any fact or matter relating to such alleged violation.
No person shall be required to dispose of a parking violation at the Parking Violations Bureau. All persons shall be entitled to have a violation processed before a court having jurisdiction thereof if they so desire. The unwillingness of any person to dispose of any violation at the Parking Violations Bureau shall not prejudice him or her or in any way diminish the rights, privileges and protection accorded to him or her by law.
[Added 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 07-009; amended 6-19-2017 by Ord. No. 17-007]
Where six or more parking violation notices or civil infraction parking violations, in any combination, have been issued for a violation of any parking provision contained in Part Four of the Codified Ordinances, and remain unpaid and no plea having been entered in a court of competent jurisdiction for a period in excess of 30 days after the issuance of such notices or violations for a vehicle bearing the same registration plate, the vehicle may be removed from any public place in the City at the direction of any police officer, or other authorized employee. Such vehicle shall not be released to its owner until all outstanding parking violation notices and/or civil infraction parking violations, storage and towing charges have been paid, a payment plan has been entered into in accordance with any payment plan policies that may be adopted in accordance § 485-6E or until a plea is made in a court of competent jurisdiction and an order is entered by the court releasing the vehicle.
[Added 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 07-009; amended 6-19-2017 by Ord. No. 17-007]
Where six or more parking violation notices or civil infraction parking violations, in any combination, have been issued for a violation of any parking provision contained in Part Four of the Codified Ordinances, and remain unpaid and no plea having been entered in a court of competent jurisdiction for a period in excess of 30 days after the issuance of such notices or violations for a vehicle bearing the same registration plate, the vehicle may be locked and secured with a suitable device, preventing the movement of such vehicle, by any police officer or authorized employee. Such locking device shall not be removed from the vehicle until all outstanding parking violation notices and/or civil infraction parking violations and charges have been paid, a payment plan has been entered into in accordance with any payment plan policies that may be adopted in accordance § 485-6E or until a plea is made in a court of competent jurisdiction and an order is entered by the court releasing the vehicle, or the vehicle is removed.
Any police officer or authorized employee is authorized in such case where the vehicle locked has not been redeemed to remove the vehicle in accordance with § 485-5.
It shall be unlawful for any person to damage, interfere with, remove or destroy any locking device affixed to a vehicle under the authority of this section, except under lawful authority of any police officer or authorized employee.
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove any vehicle locked in accordance with this section, unless under the direct authority and supervision or order of a police officer or authorized employee.
The Clerk/Treasurer may formulate and convey recommendations to Mayor and City Council regarding the adoption of parking and payment plan policies. Prior to the implementation and effectiveness of such policies, the Mayor and City Council shall adopt any parking or payment plan policies by resolution.
[Amended 7-15-1996 by Ord. No. 96-017; 5-7-2007 by Ord. No. 07-005]
The issuance of a parking citation or notice of violation by a police officer or civilian parking enforcement specialist of the City shall be deemed an allegation of a parking violation.
A copy of a parking citation or notice of violation need not be served personally upon the defendant but may be served upon the registered owner by attaching the copy to the vehicle.
The parking citation or notice of violation shall indicate the time period within which the person to whom it was issued must respond before the Parking Violations Bureau, the address of the Bureau, the hours during which the Bureau is open, and the amount of penalty scheduled for the offense for which the ticket was issued.
Parking violations and fines are established as follows herein. A vehicle shall not be parked in violation of any of the following parking provisions:
Unpaid fines shall be doubled five business days after issuance of the traffic ticket or notice of violation.
[Amended 2-18-1986 by Ord. No. 86-002]
On those streets or publicly owned properties on which parking is permitted, a person shall not stop, stand or park a vehicle unless the vehicle is wholly parked within the marked spaces designated for parking.
No person shall park on any street in the City, or in any other area open to the general public, any vehicle which is required to be registered pursuant to the Uniform Traffic Code if the vehicle bears a registration plate that is expired.
Unless otherwise provided, no person shall park or cause to be parked any motor vehicle for a longer period than 28 continuous hours on any street or alley within the City in cases where parking on the streets or alleys has not already been limited by ordinance or traffic-control order to a lesser period of time.
The limitation for legal parking, excepting on Sundays, in the municipal parking lot located north of West Front Street, west of South Monroe Street, and bounded on the west by the property of Monroe Paint and Lumber Company and on the north by the River Raisin, shall be as established by traffic control orders recommended by the Traffic Committee and adopted by the Mayor and Council. No person shall violate such limitation.
The provision of parking spaces for handicapped persons near or contiguous to shopping centers in the City shall be governed by Act 1 of the Public Acts of 1966, as amended, and other relevant state law, by the Michigan Construction Code and by the Zoning Code of the City.
[Amended 9-17-2007 by Ord. No. 07-012]
The purpose of this section is to restrict the flow of traffic and parking in residential districts in order to reduce hazardous traffic conditions resulting from the use of streets within such districts; to protect residential districts from excessive noise, trash and refuse caused by the operation and parking of vehicles therein; to protect residents of residential districts from unreasonable obstacles to access to their residences; to allow residents of residential homes to obtain and preserve adequate parking for their homes; to preserve the character of residential districts as residential districts; to promote efficiency in maintaining residential streets in a clean and safe condition; to preserve residential district property values; and to promote safety for children and pedestrians within residential districts.
A residential parking district shall authorize residents and/or other individuals allowed by this chapter within such district, holding and displaying a valid residential parking permit for that district, to park at any time on streets therein unless otherwise prohibited, subject to any overall maximum time restrictions imposed by other general City ordinances. Any person parking in a residential parking district street without the aforesaid permit shall be limited to two hours' parking per day during the restricted posted hours.
The Mayor's Traffic Committee is hereby authorized to recommend to the Mayor and Council roads, streets and other areas within the City in which the parking of vehicles may be restricted to holders of valid parking permits issued pursuant to this section. The Mayor's Traffic Committee shall consider the institution of a residential parking district, or withdraw the designation, as follows:
Where a majority of households on an individual street or within a defined geographic area petition the City for a residential parking designated area, the designation shall be considered.
The Mayor's Traffic Committee may recommend other areas to be utilized as a restricted residential parking area upon its own motion.
The Mayor's Traffic Committee shall ascertain the potential existing availability of parking on the premises of individual residences. If it is determined after investigation that an individual residence has adequate parking on the premises, then the residents of that property may be ineligible for a parking permit or the number of parking permits for that residence may be proportionally limited at the discretion of the Mayor's Traffic Committee.
The Mayor's Traffic Committee shall conduct a public hearing prior to such designation, or prior to the withdrawal of such designation once it is established, at which time any interested person shall be entitled to appear and be heard. Such hearing shall be held only after due notice has been published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City. The notice shall clearly state the purpose of the hearing, the exact location of the boundaries of the parking permit area under consideration, and the reasons such area is being proposed for designation or withdrawal of designation as a parking permit area. Districts may be established on an individual street basis only or by a defined geographic area. Some on-street parking areas within a designated district may be otherwise regulated. For those on-street areas designated as restricted under the provisions of this section, and not otherwise regulated, all permit holders for such district shall be permitted to park in these areas, regardless of whether or not they front the individual street where the restricted parking area has been located.
Within 30 days after the close of the record of the public hearing, the Mayor and Council shall decide, based upon the record of that meeting and the recommendations of the Committee, whether or not to designate the area under consideration as a parking permit area or to remove the designation in the case of an already established parking permit area.
Following the designation of a parking permit area, the Traffic Engineer shall cause parking signs to be posted in the area, indicating the times, locations and conditions under which parking shall be by permit only. Subject to exceptions provided for in Subsection C(12) of this section, permits shall be issued only to persons residing within the parking permit area. The parking permit area shall include all properties fronting both sides of any streets designated within the district, including front, rear and/or side yard frontage, unless otherwise designated by Traffic Committee and City Council action. A permit shall remain valid for such time as the holder thereof continues to reside in the area and during the period for which the permit is issued. Permits may be transferred only in accordance with procedures established in this section. There shall be a limit of two permits issued per household.
When applying for a permit, any resident residing within the district who wishes to apply shall file an application with the Clerk/Treasurer. The application shall contain the following information:
The motor vehicle registration and operator's license must be presented at the time of application as proof of residence. Thereafter, upon finding that the applicant meets the requirements, the Clerk/Treasurer shall issue the appropriate parking permit.
The residential parking permit shall be affixed to the lower left-hand quadrant of the rear window of the vehicle, so that the driver's view will not be obstructed or obscured in any manner. The design of this permit shall be approved by the Clerk/Treasurer. At the option of the Clerk/Treasurer, a placard-type permit may be utilized that shall be hung from the rear-view mirror of the vehicle.
In the event that the motor vehicle on which the permit is displayed is sold, transferred or demolished, the person to whom the permit was issued may request and shall be issued a duplicate permit, if it is of a nontransferable type. It shall be the duty of the person to notify the Clerk/Treasurer when a motor vehicle on which a permit is displayed is sold and no longer is owned by him or her and to make additional application in accordance with the provisions of this section. The duplicate permit shall be issued and valid for the unexpired term of the original permit. The original permit, upon the issuance of the duplicate permit, shall be returned to the Clerk/Treasurer.
The residential parking permit may be renewed not more than once per year. There shall be no fee for residential parking permits. Permits may remain valid for longer terms at the discretion of the Clerk/Treasurer. Notice of renewal shall be provided to each resident with an existing permit via U.S. Mail by the Clerk/Treasurer at the address last reported on the previous application.
In residential parking districts, residents may, on special occasions and for family visitors, request and receive from the Clerk/Treasurer special permission to park vehicles which do not have parking permits. The Clerk/Treasurer shall issue temporary permits for a period not to exceed one week.
In the case of persons residing within the district that are unable to operate motor vehicles due to a mental or physical disability, up to two permits may be issued to caregiver agencies, employees, and/or family members. In no case shall the total number of permits issued to any of the above per household be greater than two. If appropriate, these permits may be of a placard type to facilitate a variety of caregivers at a particular residence. In order to ascertain the nature of any relationship under this subsection, documentation sufficient to establish such shall be provided to the Clerk/Treasurer at the time of application.
At the discretion of the City Manager, the duties of the Clerk/Treasurer may be assigned to the Engineering Department, Public Services Department, Police Department, or other relevant City department, as appropriate.
[Amended 7-15-1996 by Ord. No. 96-017]
No person shall park a vehicle in the unmetered areas of the City continuously for a period of more than one hour where one-hour parking limits are posted. No person shall move his or her vehicle from one unmetered one-hour parking space directly to another unmetered one-hour parking space within a two-block radius in order to circumvent the posted one-hour parking limit. Whoever violates this section shall be ticketed in accordance with § 485-7.
Parking of motor vehicles shall be limited to 15 minutes upon streets or parts thereof designated for such fifteen-minute parking pursuant to § 8.10(r) of the Uniform Traffic Code, as adopted in Chapter 680, Article II, and/or traffic control orders that are recommended by the Traffic Committee and adopted by the Mayor and Council.
Parking of motor vehicles shall be limited to one hour upon streets or parts thereof designated for such one-hour parking pursuant to § 8.10(r) of the Uniform Traffic Code, as adopted in Chapter 680, Article II, and/or traffic control orders that are recommended by the Traffic Committee and adopted by the Mayor and Council.
No person shall park any motor vehicle on any street or part thereof that is established as a no-parking street or part of a street by traffic control orders that are recommended by the Traffic Committee and adopted by the Mayor and Council.
[Amended 7-15-1996 by Ord. No. 96-017]
Parking areas shall be established as parking meter zones by traffic control orders that are recommended by the Traffic Committee and adopted by the Mayor and Council.
Unless otherwise designated, no person shall park any vehicle in any parking meter zone without depositing the required coin into the meter.
Unless otherwise designated, no person shall, during a twenty-four-hour time period, park any vehicle overtime in any parking meter zone without depositing additional coins in the meter. As used herein, the twenty-four-hour time period shall commence at approximately 12:01 a.m. (00:01 hours) on the day in question and terminate at approximately 11:59 p.m. (23:59 hours) on that same day.
Streets and parts thereof may be designated as angle parking zones by traffic control orders that are recommended by the Traffic Committee and adopted by the Mayor and Council.
Upon streets and parts thereof that are designated as angle parking zones, no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle other than at the angle to the curb or edge of the roadway as is indicated by appropriate signs or markings.
Editor's Note: Former Section 460.19, Parking of trucks and truck trailers, which previously followed this section, was repealed 4-2-2001 by Ord. No. 01-006.
Bicycles, two- and three-wheeled motor vehicles, and trucks exceeding one-ton capacity, shall not be parked in the following municipal parking lots:
The Veterans Municipal Parking Lot located north of East Front Street and east of South Macomb Street, bounded on the north by the River Raisin and on the east by the property of Robert Maedel.
The municipal parking lot located south of East Second Street and east of Washington Street, bounded on the south by the property of L.E. Merman and on the east by the north and south alley running between East Second Street and East Third Street and Washington Street and South Macomb Street.
Bus stops and taxicab stands, as provided in §§ 2.39 and 8.19 of the Uniform Traffic Code, as adopted in Chapter 680, Article II of the Code of the City, are hereby established as follows:
[Amended 4-19-1993 by Ord. No. 93-003]
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- PARKING AREA
- An area used by the public as a means of access to and egress from and for the parking of motor vehicles by patrons of a shopping area, business, factory, hospital, institution or similar building or location.
- A truck, automobile or other motor vehicle-drawn carrier designed to be hauled for the purpose of storing and/or transporting goods of any kind, or designed to serve, when parked, as a dwelling place or place of business.
Parking on City property. No utility trailer, boat trailer or trailer designed for habitation, recreation or business purposes shall be parked on City streets or parking areas.
Permitted use. This section shall not be used to prohibit transport of goods to or from existing businesses or residences, or the necessary usage of trailers or semitrailers on streets or parking areas for a specific and temporary purpose, other than habitation, for a period not to exceed 24 hours. Nothing in this section shall be construed to allow periodic or habitual parking of trailers or semitrailers on City streets.