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Evanston aldermen tonight will be asked to authorize city parking officials to let residents renew on-street parking permits for 2018 even where it’s been discovered that permits issued in the past don’t meet the rules established by ordinance.

Parking Division Manager Jill Velan, in a memo to aldermen, says staff reviewing the city’s parking ordinances over the past two years have discovered inconsistencies between the city code and signage currently posted on streets.

In addition, she says, over the years minor exceptions have been made for residents who live on corners or where a portion of a street wasn’t included in the original ordinances.

She says enforcing the ordinances as written would result in some residents no longer being able to purchase residential parking permits, even though in some instances signs have been posted on the street supporting permit eligibility for well over 15 years.

Velan says the city will conduct a comprehensive analysis of its parking system next year involving parking usage studies and resident input.

That analysis, she says, will provide the Transportation and Parking Committee and the City Council with recommendations about possible revisions to the city code’s parking regulations.

It’s unclear from the staff memo how many people are affected by the proposed policy change. Resident parking stickers are already being sold for next year.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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