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After a City Council vote this week Evanston will start putting up additional street-cleaning signs on blocks where the most tickets have been issued for violating the street cleaning parking ban.

Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says the city has enough signs on hand to add signs on the 61 blocks where more than 30 tickets have been issued so far this year, so the move won’t require any additional expenditure.

The plan is to then add additional signs in 2020 and 2021 to provide signs at mid block on all blocks that are over 600 feet in length at a cost of less than $20,000 per year.

On another parking issue, aldermen rejected a proposal that would have established a six-month test limiting parking in the 1600 block of Lincoln Street to two hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents on the street have complained about commuters and other long-term parkers taking up spaces on the block, which is near the Central Street Metra station.

They said the existing ban on parking on the block from 7 to 9 a.m., aimed at discouraging commuter parking, is no longer effective.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, said the problem on the block is part of a larger issue that needs a more comprehensive discussion. Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, had previously said he opposed the change because it would disadvantage residents of his northwest Evanston ward who wanted to park on the block.

With only seven aldermen present for the meeting, the measure failed on a 4-3 vote, failing to receive the five votes needed to approve an ordinance.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, joined Fiske and Suffredin in opposing the measure.

After the vote Alderman Eleanor Revelle, whose 7th Ward includes the block, referred the issue back to the Transportation and Parking Committee for further study.

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Where are the most street-cleaning tickets issued? (7/21/19)

Readable parking signs: What a concept! (7/10/19)

City may buy more street cleaning signs (7/8/19)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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