The Common Council of the City of Brazil has been considering Ordinance 15-2006, a measure that would restrict the parking of large vehicles on city streets, for nearly two months now.
The ordinance has been discussed, revised, tabled and even vetoed (in an earlier incarnation as Ordinance 6-2006) in a debate that has stretched over several council sessions. The latest draft of Ordinance 15-2006-- which places restrictions on a wide variety of vehicles based on size and loading capacity-- passed on its first reading at Tuesday's city council meeting by a 2-1 vote.
City Attorney Joe Trout acknowledged he spent considerable time tinkering with the ordinance before submitting the version considered Tuesday.
"We've had several drafts of this same ordinance," he said. "It basically covers just about everything other than passenger cars and pick-up trucks."
The ordinance, which now applies only to streets in residentially-zoned areas, prohibits the parking of "all motor trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, farm machinery and equipment having a loading capacity in excess of one and one-half tons or a length in excess of 19 feet or a height in excess of seven feet or a width in excess of seven feet."
The language of the ordinance provides for a few exceptions. Large vehicles "expeditiously loading or unloading passengers, freight, materials or merchandise" are exempted, as are emergency vehicles, vehicles engaged in construction or repairs and disabled vehicles.
Councilman Bill Lovett said the council balked at earlier versions of the ordinance because they were too specific.
"I kind of felt that it was nit-picking on certain people," he said. "We wanted to make sure we didn't single anybody out."
The measure will be considered for final approval when it comes up for a second reading at the June 13 council meeting.