Fairview Park is maintaining its overnight street parking ban despite a suggestion to temporarily lift it.

Ward 5 Councilwoman Bridget King made the suggestion at the March 16 City Council meeting to help residents who are dealing with more cars being home during the COVID-19 “stay-at-home” crisis.

However, police Chief Erich Upperman advised against it. The ban prohibits parking on city streets between 2 and 6 a.m. without police permission. The department allows temporary overnight street parking for out-of-town visitors, guests or special circumstances if people call beforehand.

“We’ll usually grant it for up to a few days,” Upperman said at the meeting. “But not for more than a few days. It’s not something we’ll do forever. At some point we will stop.”

The law keeps streets from getting overly congested and resembling some residential streets in Cleveland, where on-street parking is permitted, Upperman said Thursday.

“It’s difficult driving on those types of streets where you have to go left and toward the middle,” he said. “I don’t want to see Fairview looking like those areas.”

Since it's the law, Upperman said he doesn’t like people thinking they can break it on a regular basis.

The parking ban can also help police in other areas, Upperman said. He recalled one incident in the late 1980s when he ticketed a car parked on the street. A few hours later, a man was assaulted and robbed near that area. Checking the information on the ticket led police to a suspect, who was arrested and convicted with another man, Uppernan said.

Council took no action after Upperman objected to lifting the ban.

Residents seeking permission for temporary on-street parking may call 440-333-1234 and provide the car’s license plate number, address, a contact phone number and the driver’s last name.

Contact this reporter at assoceditor@westlifenews.com or call 440-871-5797.

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