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10.41 – Handicapped Parking

10.41.010 – Handicapped parking placards

The city shall provide a handicapped motorist placard, which shall be issued to St. Charles residents with a temporary disability. This placard shall be the property of such disabled individual and may be used only by that person to designate and identify a vehicle not owned by that person or not displaying a handicapped registration plate, as provided for in 625 ILCS 5/11-1301.2 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, to designate when the vehicle is being used to transport said disabled person.

Such placard must be prominently displayed by hanging it from the rearview mirror so as to be visible through the front windshield. If no rearview mirror is available, the placard may be prominently displayed on the dashboard or sun visor so as to be visible through the front windshield.

A placard will be issued for a 90-day period to St. Charles residents who have a disability that is temporary in nature and may be renewed once for a like period based upon continued disability. Any resident needing more than one (1) renewal will be referred to the Secretary of State’s Office for a handicapped parking placard.

The temporary placards will follow the same design, color, and size specifications as the placards issued by the Illinois Secretary of State and will have identification of the issuing authority. Temporary placards will be issued for a 90-day period. All individuals with permanent disabilities will be referred to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

(2023-M-20: § 1; 2003-M-27: § 1; 1997-M-119: § 1; 1994-M-28: § 1; 1986-M-39: § 1; 1984-M-80: § 1; 1983-M-42: § 1 (a); 1980-M-45: § 1 (part))

10.41.020 – Applications

An application for a special device for a motor vehicle shall be made by a physically handicapped person with the City Clerk. The City Clerk or authorized representative shall issue a temporary handicapped motorist placard as provided for in this chapter. Such application shall be accompanied by a certificate of a physician that such person has a temporary disability as defined in 625 ILCS 5/1-159.1 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

(2003-M-27: § 1; 1997-M-119: § 1; 1984-M-80: § 1; 1983-M-42: § 1 (b); 1980-M-45: § 1 (part))

10.41.030 – Handicapped persons - Parking privileges

A motor vehicle bearing registration plates issued to a physically handicapped person pursuant to 625

ILCS 5/11-1301.1 is exempt from any ordinance imposing time limitations on parking in a business district, but otherwise is subject to the laws which prohibit parking in "No Stopping" and "No Standing" zones in front of or near fire hydrants, driveways, public building entrances and exits, bus stops, loading areas, and is prohibited from parking where the motor vehicle constitutes a traffic hazard and the motor vehicle must be moved at the instruction and request of a law enforcement officer to a location designated by the officer. Any motor vehicle bearing registration plates specified in this section or such devices as local authorities have

deemed proper as evidence that the vehicle is operated by or for a handicapped person or disabled veteran may park, in addition to any other lawful place, in any parking place specifically reserved by posting of an official sign for such vehicle. Parking privileges granted by this section are strictly limited to the person to whom the special registration plate or devise was issued and to qualified operators acting under his express direction while the disabled person is present.

(1997-M-119: § 1; 1996-M-53 : § 25; 1984-M-80: § 1; 1980-M-45: § 1 (part))

10.41.040 – Handicapped parking locations

Any person who violates any section of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined in accordance with the schedule set forth in Section 10.60.010 of the Municipal Code of the City of St. Charles. Each day upon which a violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense.

This subsection shall not apply to persons parking a vehicle so as to obstruct the entrance or exit of any place where police or fire department apparatus or other emergency equipment is kept or housed, or so as to block any emergency entrance to a hospital; nor shall this subsection apply to any person charged with parking a vehicle so as to entirely obstruct traffic on any street or alley, or parking in such a way as to reduce traffic on an arterial street to one-way traffic only; nor shall it apply to any person charged with double parking or parking in a tow away zone; nor shall it apply to any person who refuses at the request of any member of the police department to move a vehicle illegally parked.

(2007-M-2: § 1 (part); 2005-M-63: § 8; 1997-M-119: § 1; 1994-M-28: § 2; 1984-M-80: § 1; 1983-M-42: § 1(c); 1980-M-45: § 1 (part))

10.41.050 – Posting signs

The Director of Public Works is directed to post, or cause to be posted, handicapped parking signs bearing the design and inscription as shown in Exhibit "C", attached to the ordinance codified in this chapter, on file in the office of the City Clerk, and made a part hereof at the following locations:+

  1. Municipal Parking Facility, First Avenue and Main Street, northwest corner, one space as identified and properly signed (last space northwest section of the facility);
  2. Municipal Parking Lot “G,” west of Second Street (Route 31) between State Street and Cedar Street, four spaces as identified and properly signed (first space in the northwest section, last two spaces in the southwest section, and the last space in the southeast section of the facility). See Exhibit PL-G, 10.40.010.
  3. On-street public parking, Cedar Street, with two spaces directly in front of St. Patrick’s Church with one located 98 feet westerly of North Fourth Street and a second located 129 feet westerly of North Fourth Street. Spacing shall be placed such that the two spaces shall be located on opposite sides of a handicapped curb cut located on the northerly side of Cedar Street.
  4. On-street public parking, south Third Street, with one space on the south end of right of way parking (perpendicular) at 826 and 828 south Third Street located immediately north of the alley on the east side of south Third Street.
  5. On-street public parking on North Fourth Street, with one space on the east side facing northbound at 18 North Fourth Street, immediately north of the main entrance.
  6. On street parking on North Second Avenue south of Cedar Avenue, with the northern most space on the west side of the road facing southbound perpendicular to 17 North Second Avenue.

(2019-M-31: § 1; 2006-M-18: § 1; 2003-M-24: § 1; 2003-M-7: § 2; 1998-M-83: § 1; 1998-M-47: § 1; 1997-M-119: § 1; 1997-M-60: § 1; 1994-M-12: § 1; 1984-M-80: § 1; 1980-M-45: § 1 (part))

10.41.060 – Penalty and compromise of claims (Removed)

Removed in its entirety.

(2007-M-3: § 1; 1998-M-22: § 1; 1997-M-119: § 1; 1985-M-10: § 1; 1984-M-80: § 1; 1980-M-45: § 1 (part))