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Sherwood Council considers hiking fine for parking on city sidewalks

If Sherwood motorists get caught parking on city sidewalks in the near future, it may get a bit more expensive.

The Sherwood City Council Monday night heard the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would increase the fine for parking on city sidewalks from the current maximum of $25 to $200.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to park any kind of vehicle or otherwise create any obstacle that impedes passage on any sidewalk in the city,” reads the proposed amendment to Ordinance 197 adopted in 1970.

In the current legislation, fines can range from $5 to $25 but with the proposal they would start at $50 and go up to $200.

The issue is expected to be brought up at the November regular meeting of the city council which is set for Nov. 25.

The amendment is being sponsored by Alderwoman Marina Brooks.

In other business, the council voted to reappoint Danny Gilliland to the Sherwood Advertising and Promotion Commission. His appointment will expire on Nov. 25, 2017.

The council also adopted an ordinance to amend Ordinance 729 to allow one on-site single family unit for security purposes for mini-storage facilities.

“The City Council recognizes that it is common practice for mini-storage facilities to have on-site security housing,” reads the ordinance.

According to the ordinance, the purpose for the family unit would be to allow security personnel living quarters on the sites of mini-storage facilities.

The council also voted to appoint Eric Fleming to fill a vacancy on the Sherwood Sewer Committee. His appointment will expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

The council also voted to move the last regular meeting of the year to Dec. 16 to avoid meeting two days before Christmas.

Other action taken by the council include:

• The Sherwood Halloween Carnival is set for today from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sherwood Forest.

• Keep Sherwood Beautiful’s Shred-A-Thon is set for Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.

• The Sherwood Veteran’s Parade is set for Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. within the city.

• The Sherwood Yappy Hour, presented by See Spot Sit, LLC, and the Sherwood Animal Shelter, is set for Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Sherwood Forest. There is free admission to this event and sign in begins at 6 p.m.

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