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Trucks may have to pay a fee to park in Lathrop

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POSTED January 28, 2010 3:11 a.m.
LATHROP – Parking by permit only was one of the suggestions brought up during the Lathrop City Council discussion earlier this week on the problem of trucks parked on city streets.

Such a move would need a modification of the language of the municipal code. The recommendation from staff is that permits would be for parking only and not for overnight sleeping. Furthermore, the permits would be issued only to residents who have been complaining about being unable to find any areas within the city limits where they would be allowed to part their trucks and trailers at night. Under current municipal codes, a majority of city streets are off limits to truck parking.

A number of truck drivers living in the area then asked city officials to designate an area where they can park their trucks even if they have to pay a fee.

In response to that request, the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District suggested Christopher Way in the Crossroads Commerce Center. Not only is the street wide enough to accommodate the big trucks – only one side and not both sides of the road would be allowed – but it also addresses some of the police concerns that have to do with criminal and safety issues, plus it is flanked by properties owned by the city and not by private businesses or individuals.

But, as City Manager Cary Keaten pointed out, this recommendation also has major concerns such as staffing and fiscal as well as legal responsibilities for the city.

One of the biggest concerns if Christopher Way is opened to permit parking for trucks, he explained, is that the situation may give an “unrealistic perception that we’ll be patrolling the area.”
And not only that. He said he was concerned that the parking fee program would not generate enough revenue to pay for the hiring of an extra patrol officer should that need arise. As it was pointed out by staff in their report, on-street truck parking has a “tendency” to increase the amount of trash in the area, and that it “attracts the criminal element” thereby necessitating the need for police patrol.

It was suggested during the discussion – no action by council was required – that the permit fee program be put on a trial period of six months to see if there are going to be any problems.

Someone at the meeting asked if the vacant lot on a corner of Louise and McKinley avenues, where trucks are often seen parked, is a designated parking area for those vehicles. Acting city engineer Tom Ruark said truck parking in that particular area is not legal. However, the city has “not been enforcing that issue” at the present time.

It is difficult for city code enforcement staff or police officers to give out citations if there are no posted “no parking” signs.

While the city grapples with solutions to the truck parking dilemma, and while they continue to massage the problem, the council have decided to do the following in the meantime:

• Post on the city web site the names of private firms in the area, such as AC Trucking in Manteca, that allow independent truck drivers to park their vehicles there for a fee, and coordinate that with the same effort that is also currently being undertaken by San Joaquin County staff.

• Have this same list available for distribution at City Hall.
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