The Hailey City Council reviewed a draft ordinance change Monday that would further restrict street-side parking of vehicles and trailers in the city right of way.

The proposed change was initiated by Mayor Fritz Haemmerle to eliminate what he described as a “clutter” of vehicles on city and private property at many locations in the town.

“People have been leaving things in the public rights of way for many years,” said City Attorney Christopher Simms, who wrote the amendment.

The change would prohibit all wheeled vehicles from parking within 6 feet of the asphalt on city streets without curb and gutter in winter, and from parking within 4 feet in the summer.

The proposed amendment also would prohibit parking all recreational vehicles, trailers, boats and campers in rights of way during winter months.

The city’s existing code prohibits winter parking of all vehicles in rights of way from midnight to 7 a.m. to facilitate snow removal.

City Councilman Jeff Engelhardt suggested adding a provision in the amendment that would also prohibit parking anything in the rights of way that would interfere with snow removal around the clock. The council agreed to further consider that suggestion and review a revised draft ordinance.

Simms said ticketing or towing vehicles could be pursued under the new ordinance. He said the council could consider waiting until 2021 to implement the new law.

City Administrator Heather Dawson said the city is in the process of hiring a code enforcement employee to monitor parking violations.

“A stronger enforcement effort is part of our intention,” Dawson said.

A public hearing on the proposed changes will take place on Monday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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