SEMINOLE — Turns out, you can fight city hall after all, at least when it comes to parking your RV.
The city passed a rule last spring banning RVs, trailers, trucks and other such vehicles from being parked overnight on streets in residential neighborhoods.
Some residents called the rule unnecessarily harsh because it would prevent them from having their RVs handy when they wanted to use them. Council members accepted the argument and passed an exception to the rule Tuesday night.
Owners of RVs can apply for a free permit that will allow them to park temporarily overnight on the street. The permit, which will be issued only four times a year to any one RV owner, limits the parking to two nights. That way, an RV owner can load his vehicle and have it available the next morning when leaving for a trip. And, when he returns, the owner will have a chance to unpack the RV and clean it up before returning it to storage.
The new rule is expected to go into effect in the next few weeks after officials have had a chance to order placards for the permit holders to display on their windshields.
Council members adopted the permit procedure by a 6-1 vote, with Patricia Plantamura, who opposed the original parking ordinance, again voting no.
"While I'm concerned about aesthetics in our community, I'm more concerned about foreclosures and residents losing their jobs in Seminole and I think our time is better spent on those issues," Plantamura said.
Council members Bob Matthews and Leslie Waters said they thought limiting the permit to four times a year was too restrictive. They urged the council to loosen the controls.
Dan Hester opposed that idea, saying he thought the restrictions were reasonable and did not want to water down the rule.
Council members agreed that they would leave the four-occasion limit in effect but wanted a report at the end of six months to monitor how Seminole residents felt about the process.