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Update: Irondale City Council to vote on ordinance that would ban parking in front yards

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The first reading on the ordinance did not pass. It is expected to come up again at a special called meeting.

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Property owners obviously are concerned about property value, and property value goes down if neighborhoods aren't kept up.

That's one reason why the Irondale City Council will vote Tuesday on an ordinance against parking a car in a front yard.

Councilor Craig Sanderson is proposing the ordinance because he has received two months-worth of complaints from residents in the Rock Ridge and Havenhill neighborhoods, which are in his district.

Sanderson is proposing an ordinance which would make it illegal for residents to park in front yards, unless they park on a driveway or paved area that has access to a garage or carport. If they break the rule, there would be a $50 fine. If the fine is not paid within 30 days, then violators must appear in court. Sanderson says the ordinance could resolve issues in those neighborhoods.

The ordinance is up for its first hearing tonight. Sanderson is hopeful the ordinance will pass, but he says some councilors may want to make amendments to it.

Irondale would not be the first city to adopt such a parking ordinance. Birmingham passed a similar ordinance in January 2010.
   

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