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CHAPTER 66: LOAD AND WEIGHT REGULATIONS
66.01 TEMPORARY EMBARGO. If the Council declares an embargo when it appears by reason of deterioration, rain, snow or other climatic conditions that certain streets will be seriously damaged or destroyed by vehicles weighing in excess of an amount specified by the signs, no such vehicles shall be operated on streets so designated by such signs. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.471 & 472)
66.02 PERMITS FOR EXCESS SIZE AND WEIGHT. The Council may, upon application and good cause being shown therefor, issue a special permit in writing authorizing the applicant to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight or load exceeding the maximum specified by State law or the City over those streets or bridges named in the permit which are under the jurisdiction of the City and for which the City is responsible for maintenance. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473 & 321E.1)
66.03 LOAD LIMITS UPON CERTAIN STREETS. In the event a sign is posted giving notice of a load limit, no person shall operate any vehicle with a gross weight in excess of the amounts specified on such signs. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473 & 475)
66.04 LOAD LIMITS ON BRIDGES. Where it has been determined that any City bridge has a capacity less than the maximum permitted on the streets of the City, or on the street serving the bridge, the Police Chief may cause to be posted and maintained signs on said bridge and at suitable distances ahead of the entrances thereof to warn drivers of such maximum load limits, and no person shall drive a vehicle weighing, loaded or unloaded, upon said bridge in excess of such posted limit. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.471)
66.05 TRUCK ROUTES. Truck route regulations are established as follows:
Truck Routes Designated. Every motor vehicle weighing thirteen (13) tons or more, when loaded or empty, having no fixed terminal within the City or making no scheduled or definite stops within the City for the purpose of loading or unloading shall travel over or upon the following streets within the City and none other: (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473)
- Main Street from north corporate limits to south corporate limits.
- 17th Street from east corporate limits to Main Street.
- 14th Street from east corporate limits to 10th Avenue.
- 10th Avenue from Highway 18 to 14th Street.
- 21st Avenue from Highway 18 to 17th Avenue.
- 22nd Avenue from Highway 18 to 14th Street.
- Eagle Avenue from Highway 18 to south corporate limits.
- 300th Street from Main Street to west corporate limits.
- Westview Drive from Highway 18 to west corporate limits.
Deliveries Off Truck Route.
- Any motor vehicle weighing thirteen (13) tons or more, when loaded or empty, making a scheduled or definite stop within the City for the purpose of loading or unloading cargo or passengers for the purpose of servicing, if servicing is in the ordinary course of business of the operator of the motor vehicle, shall proceed over or upon the designated routes set out in this section to the nearest point of its scheduled or definite stop and shall proceed thereto, load or unload, or service and return, by the most direct route to its point of departure from said designated route. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473)
- Any motor vehicle weighing thirteen (13) tons or more having a fixed terminal within the City traveling to and from the vehicle’s fixed terminal shall proceed over or upon the designated routes set out in this section to the nearest point of its fixed terminal and shall proceed thereto and return by the most direct route to its point of departure from said designated route. A fixed terminal shall include the business place of the owner or operator of the vehicle at which the presence of the vehicle is required for purposes of loading or unloading cargo or passengers, maintenance, repair or refueling, and a place for the lawful storage or parking of the vehicle when not in use.
- Any motor vehicle weighing thirteen (13) tons or more traveling to or from a place of business within the City at which the vehicle is to be repaired, refueled, or otherwise serviced shall proceed over or upon the designated routes set out in this section to the nearest point of said business and shall proceed thereto and return by the most direct route to its point of departure from said designated routes.
- Employer’s Responsibility. The owner, or any other person, employing or otherwise directing the driver of any vehicle shall not require or knowingly permit the operation of such vehicle upon a street in any manner contrary to this section. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473)
CHAPTER 67: PEDESTRIANS
67.01 WALKING IN STREET. Pedestrians shall at all times when walking on or along a street, walk on the left side of the street. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.326)
67.02 HITCHHIKING. No person shall stand in the traveled portion of a street for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.331)
67.03 PEDESTRIAN CROSSING. Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.328)
67.04 USE SIDEWALKS. Where sidewalks are provided it is unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent street.
CHAPTER 68: ONE-WAY TRAFFIC
68.01 ONE-WAY TRAFFIC REQUIRED. Upon the following streets and alleys, vehicular traffic (other than permitted cross traffic), shall move only in the indicated direction when appropriate signs are in place: Traffic using the alley located between 14th Street and 15th Street and Main Street and 15th Avenue shall travel in the direction from south to north only, the entire length of the alley. (Ord. 460.16 – Jun. 18 Supp.)
CHAPTER 69: PARKING REGULATIONS
69.01 PARK ADJACENT TO CURB. No person shall stand or park a vehicle in a roadway other than parallel with the edge of the roadway headed in the direction of lawful traffic movement and with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle within eighteen (18) inches of the curb or edge of the roadway except as hereinafter provided in the case of angle parking and vehicles parked on the left-hand side of one-way streets. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.361)
69.02 PARK ADJACENT TO CURB – ONE-WAY STREET. No person shall stand or park a vehicle on the left-hand side of a one-way street other than parallel with the edge of the roadway headed in the direction of lawful traffic movement and with the left-hand wheels of the vehicle within eighteen (18) inches of the curb or edge of the roadway except as hereinafter provided in the case of angle parking. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.361)
69.03 ANGLE PARKING. Angle or diagonal parking is permitted only in the following locations:
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.361)
- 12th Avenue, on the east side from 10th Street to 12th Street.
- 12th Street, on the south side from 12th Avenue to 13th Avenue.
- 13th Avenue, on the west side from 10th Street to 12th Street.
- Main Street (16th Avenue), from the railroad tracks south of 13th Street to 17th Street.
- 15th Street, from the alley midway between 15th Avenue and Main Street (16th Avenue) to 17th Avenue, except no parking shall be permitted on the south side of 15th Street from Main Street (16th Avenue) to 88 feet east of Main Street.
- 14th Street, on the north side from 15th Avenue to 17th Avenue.
- 14th Street, on the south side from 15th Avenue to the alley midway between Main Street (16th Avenue) and 17th
- 14th Street, on the south and north sides from the first alley east of Main Street east to 17th Avenue.
- 14th Street, on the north side from 18th Avenue east to 19th Avenue.
- 15th Street, on the south side from the first alley west of Main Street west to 15th Avenue.
- 16th Street, on the north side, starting 270 feet east of Main Street to 17th Avenue.
- 16th Street, on the north side from the first alley west of Main Street west 250 feet.
69.04 ANGLE PARKING – MANNER. Upon those streets or portions of streets which have been signed or marked for angle parking, no person shall park or stand a vehicle other than at an angle to the curb or edge of the roadway or in the center of the roadway as indicated by such signs and markings. No part of any vehicle, or the load thereon, when parked within a diagonal parking district, shall extend into the roadway more than a distance of sixteen (16) feet when measured at right angles to the adjacent curb or edge of roadway. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.361)
69.05 PARKING FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES ILLEGAL. No person shall park a vehicle upon public property for more than forty-eight (48) hours, unless otherwise limited under the provisions of this chapter, or for any of the following principal purposes:
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)
- Sale. Displaying such vehicle for sale;
- For lubricating, repairing or for commercial washing of such vehicle except such repairs as are necessitated by an emergency;
- Displaying advertising;
- Merchandise Sales. Selling merchandise from such vehicle except in a duly established market place or when so authorized or licensed under this Code of Ordinances.
For the purposes of this section, “vehicle” means every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway.
69.06 PARKING PROHIBITED. No one shall stop, stand or park a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a peace officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places:
- On a crosswalk. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Center Parkway. On the center parkway or dividing area of any divided street. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)
- Within twenty (20) feet on either side of a mailbox which is so placed and so equipped as to permit the depositing of mail from vehicles on the roadway. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)
- On or across a sidewalk. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- In front of a public or private driveway. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Within an intersection or within ten (10) feet of an intersection of any street or alley. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Fire Hydrant. Within five (5) feet of a fire hydrant. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Stop Sign or Signal. Within ten (10) feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop or yield sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Railroad Crossing. Within fifty (50) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing, except when parked parallel with such rail and not exhibiting a red light. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Fire Station. Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of said entrance when properly sign posted. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Double Parking. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Hazardous Locations. When, because of restricted visibility or when standing or parked vehicles would constitute a hazard to moving traffic, or when other traffic conditions require, the Council may cause curbs to be painted with a yellow color and erect no parking or standing signs. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Churches, Nursing Homes and Other Buildings. A space of fifty (50) feet is hereby reserved at the side of the street in front of any theatre, auditorium, hotel having more than twenty-five (25) sleeping rooms, hospital, nursing home, taxicab stand, bus depot, church, or other building where large assemblages of people are being held, within which space, when clearly marked as such, no motor vehicle shall be left standing, parked or stopped except in taking on or discharging passengers or freight, and then only for such length of time as is necessary for such purpose. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.360)
- Public Alleys. In any public alley within the business district of the City.
- Private Alleys. In any private alley within the business district of the City in such a manner that ingress or egress of fire apparatus to or from such alley might be blocked.
- In front of a curb cut or ramp which is located on public or private property in a manner which blocks access to the curb cut or ramp. “Curb cut or ramp” for purposes of this section shall not include drive-over curb in which the drive-over curb is not a part of a driveway or a part of an access to a building entrance. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.358)
- Area Between Lot Line and Curb Line. That area of the public way not covered by sidewalk and lying between the lot line and the curb line, where curbing has been installed.
- In More Than One Space. In any designated parking space so that any part of the vehicle occupies more than one such space or protrudes beyond the markings designating such space.
69.07 PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PARKING. The following regulations shall apply to the establishment and use of persons with disabilities parking spaces:
- Establishment. Persons with disabilities parking spaces shall be established and designated in accordance with Chapter 321L of the Code of Iowa and Iowa Administrative Code, 661-18. No unauthorized person shall establish any on-street persons with disabilities parking space without first obtaining Council approval.
- Improper Use. The following uses of a persons with disabilities parking space, located on either public or private property, constitute improper use of a persons with disabilities parking permit, which is a violation of this Code of Ordinances: (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321L.4)
- Use by an operator of a vehicle not displaying a persons with disabilities parking permit.
- Use by an operator of a vehicle displaying a persons with disabilities parking permit but not being used by a person issued a permit or being transported in accordance with Section 321L.2[1b] of the Code of Iowa.
- Use by a vehicle in violation of the rules adopted under Section 321L.8 of the Code of Iowa.
- Wheelchair Parking Cones. No person shall use or interfere with a wheelchair parking cone in violation of the following:
- A person issued a persons with disabilities parking permit must comply with the requirements of Section 321L.2A(1) of the Code of Iowa when utilizing a wheelchair parking cone.
- A person shall not interfere with a wheelchair parking cone which is properly placed under the provisions of Section 321L.2A(1) of the Code of Iowa.
69.08 NO PARKING ZONES. No one shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any of the following specifically designated no parking zones except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the direction of a peace officer or traffic control signal. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)
- 8th Street, on the south side between 20th Avenue and 20½ Avenue.
- 20th Street, on the south side, from 16th Avenue to 19th Avenue.
- 12th Avenue, on the west side between 10th Street and 11th Street.
- 18th Avenue, on the east side between 17th Street and 18th Street.
- 22nd Avenue, on the west side between 10th Street and 14th Street.
- 22nd Avenue, from Highway 18 to 14th Street.
- 14th Street, from 14th Avenue to 10th Avenue.
- 11th Street on the north side, from Main Street (16th Avenue) to the east line of the intersection of 11th Street and Park Lane
- 300th Street, from the west boundary of the Rivers Bend Campground to Rock River Bluff Road.
- Westview Drive in its entirety.
- 16th Avenue from 10th Street (Highway 18) to 110 feet north of 12th
- 21st No parking is permitted on the west side from 12th Street and 100 feet south. (Ord. 474-18 – Jun. 18 Supp.)
69.09 ALL NIGHT PARKING PROHIBITED. No person, except physicians or other persons on emergency calls, shall park a vehicle on any street for a period of time longer than thirty (30) minutes between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. of any day during the period from November 1 to April 1. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)
69.10 TRUCK PARKING LIMITED. No person shall park a motor truck, semi-trailer, or other motor vehicle with trailer attached in violation of the following regulations. The provisions of this section shall not apply to pickup, light delivery or panel delivery trucks. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)
- No such vehicle containing livestock shall be parked on any street, alley or highway for a period of time of more than thirty (30) minutes.
- All Night. No such vehicle shall be left unattended or parked upon any streets or alleys for a period of time longer than one hour, beginning one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise.
- Noise. No such vehicle shall be left standing or parked upon any street, alley, public or private parking lot, or drive of any service station between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. with the engine, auxiliary engine, air compressor, refrigerating equipment or other device in operation giving off audible sounds excepting only the drive of a service station when actually being serviced, and then in no event for more than thirty (30) minutes.
CHAPTER 70: TRAFFIC CODE ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES
70.01 ARREST OR CITATION. Whenever a peace officer has reasonable cause to believe that a person has violated any provision of the Traffic Code, such officer may:
- Immediate Arrest. Immediately arrest such person and take such person before a local magistrate, or
- Issue Citation. Without arresting the person, prepare in quintuplicate a combined traffic citation and complaint as adopted by the Iowa Commissioner of Public Safety, or issue a uniform citation and complaint utilizing a State-approved computerized device.(Code of Iowa, Sec. 805.6 & 321.485)
70.02 SCHEDULED VIOLATIONS. For violations of the Traffic Code which are designated by Section 805.8A of the Code of Iowa to be scheduled violations, the scheduled fine for each of those violations shall be as specified in Section 805.8A of the Code of Iowa. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 805.8 & 805.8A)
70.03 PARKING VIOLATIONS: ALTERNATE. Uncontested violations of parking restrictions imposed by this Code of Ordinances shall be charged upon a simple notice of a fine payable at the office of the City Clerk. The simple notice of a fine shall be in the amount of twenty dollars ($20.00) for all violations except improper use of a persons with disabilities parking permit. If such fine is not paid within thirty (30) days, it shall be increased by five dollars ($5.00). The simple notice of a fine for improper use of a persons with disabilities parking permit is one hundred dollars ($100.00). (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236[1b] & 321L.4)
70.04 PARKING VIOLATIONS: VEHICLE UNATTENDED. When a vehicle is parked in violation of any provision of the Traffic Code, and the driver is not present, the notice of fine or citation as herein provided shall be attached to the vehicle in a conspicuous place.
70.05 PRESUMPTION IN REFERENCE TO ILLEGAL PARKING. In any proceeding charging a standing or parking violation, a prima facie presumption that the registered owner was the person who parked or placed such vehicle at the point where, and for the time during which, such violation occurred, shall be raised by proof that:
- Described Vehicle. The particular vehicle described in the information was parked in violation of the Traffic Code, and
- Registered Owner. The defendant named in the information was the registered owner at the time in question.
70.06 IMPOUNDING VEHICLES. A peace officer is hereby authorized to remove, or cause to be removed, a vehicle from a street, public alley, public parking lot or highway to the nearest garage or other place of safety, or to a garage designated or maintained by the City, under the circumstances hereinafter enumerated:
- Disabled Vehicle. When a vehicle is so disabled as to constitute an obstruction to traffic and the person or persons in charge of the vehicle are by reason of physical injury incapacitated to such an extent as to be unable to provide for its custody or removal. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)
- Illegally Parked Vehicle. When any vehicle is left unattended and is so illegally parked as to constitute a definite hazard or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)
- Snow Removal. When any vehicle is left parked in violation of a ban on parking during snow removal operations.
- Parked Over Limited Time Period. When any vehicle is left parked for a continuous period in violation of any limited parking time. If the owner can be located, the owner shall be given an opportunity to remove the vehicle. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)
- Outstanding Violations. When any vehicle has three (3) or more outstanding, unpaid parking violations for which payment is late thirty (30) days or more.
- In addition to the standard penalties provided, the owner or driver of any vehicle impounded for the violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be required to pay the reasonable cost of towing and storage. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.236)