BY COUNCILOR STOVER:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, be amended to add a new Section 33-88.4 to read as follows:
Sec. 33-88.4. Clear area.
When a parking space for the physically disabled or handicapped has been established pursuant to Section 33-82.2 or other valid law, and one side of the parking space is along the curb or side of a road, then a clear zone is established along that side of the parking space to allow convenient access to a vehicle parked in the space. The clear zone shall be an area the length of the space and within six feet from the side of the road or the curb which forms one side of the parking space. No person or entity shall place or allow to remain in this clear zone any object that could inhibit convenient access to a vehicle, including, but not limited to, planters, garbage containers, coin operated newspaper vending machines, vending machines, bicycles, bicycle stands, sign standards, guard rails, chairs, tables, fences, equipment, machinery. Violation of this Section shall be punished by the same penalty provided for a violation of illegally parking in a parking zone established for the exclusive use of physically disabled persons. Each day of a continuing violation is a separate violation.
Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This ordinance prohibits people from placing objects near the curb of a handicapped parking zone, thereby making it difficult or impossible for the intended users of the zone to be able to use it.