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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Council to consider handicapped parking policy changes

  • Securing a handicapped parking slot in front of one’s home will become a bit more challenging in the future if a revised policy is approved by the Hannibal City Council later this month.
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  • Securing a handicapped parking slot in front of one’s home will become a bit more challenging in the future if a revised policy is approved by the Hannibal City Council later this month.
    “We’re all for people who really need one getting one, but we want it to be legit,” said Susan Osterhout, a member of the Traffic Committee who took on the challenge of revising the city’s existing policy. “I think this will eliminate the I-want-a-parking-spot-in-front-of-my-house syndrome. In the past I think this program has been pretty abused.”
    The revised policy was approved at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Traffic Committee. It is slated to go before the Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 18, meeting.
    In drafting the new policy, Osterhout looked at what works elsewhere.
    “I tried using the best of what other communities are doing,” she said.
    Anyone seeking a handicapped parking spot in front of their residence will have to provide the Traffic Committee with a form signed by a doctor stating there is a medical need.
    “We’re not trying to make the process more difficult. We’re just want to weed out the ones who don’t need one (handicapped parking spot),” said Osterhout.
    The revised policy will include a $25 charge.
    “It’s an application fee that won’t cover the cost of the post, paint or labor,” said Osterhout.
    To be eligible for consideration, a person must be a full-time, year-round resident of Hannibal, have a physical disability that is expected to last at least 12 months and which limits a person’s ability to walk more than 200 feet, possess a valid handicapped license plate or placard issued by the Missouri Department of Revenue, and have a car registered at the address where the parking spot is being requested.
    Those with off-street parking available for the applicant’s use at the residence will not be considered. Neither will those seeking signs in areas where “no parking” signs are already posted.
    Handicapped parking signs will be good for a two-year period, after which time a renewal application will have to be filed.
    According to Osterhout, there used to be hundreds of handicapped parking spots throughout the city. However, since Joyce Allen of the Street Department began checking every two years to verify if the need still exists at the location, the number has been significantly reduced.
     
     
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