(Riverton, Wyo.) – Members of the Riverton City Council last week complained of parking scofflaws who are abusing the city’s parking regulations.
Mayor Ron Warpness said city hall has been receiving increasing numbers of complaints of employees who park their vehicles in the downtown business district and leave them there all day.
“As a consideration and being sensitive to a business owner, please don’t leave your car there all day. That’s totally inconsiderate of the businesses there,” Warpness said. “People are abusing parking privileges and it sets up a negative dynamic that we don’t need.”
At the present time, there is no parking time limit for Main Street, except that no overnight parking is allowed on the street. A two-hour long parking limit is in place along some of the intersecting side streets, such as North and South Broadway.
In addition to complaints over people parking all day along Main, Councilor Jonathan Faubion also said he had been receiving complaints over people abusing the handicapped parking spaces, just not in downtown, but all around the city. “Please be considerate of the elderly and disabled in the community who need that closer access,” Faubion said.
He noted that some people using the handicapped placard appear not to be handicapped at all, but are using a family member’s placard.
Riverton Police Chief Mike Broadhead said he has advised his officers to be on the lookout for vehicles in handicapped zones not displaying one of the blue placards as part of their regular patrol duties.
Broadhead noted that is has been years since the city has had the resources to have a dedicated parking enforcement person on staff. Since then, parking downtown on Main is on the honor system.