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FOREST CITY | The city is now allowing tenants of downtown apartments to park overnight in any public lot, except when snow needs to be removed. 

The city's overnight parking ordinance previously stated permit-holders could only park overnight in the lot at the intersection of West K Street and Sixth Street. 

Earlier this month the city council revised the ordinance so those who receive permits can park from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in any parking lot owned by the city, except during a snow event when overnight parking will be limited to the lot at West K Street and Sixth Street.

City officials have been trying to resolve overnight parking issues for some time. 

The ordinance was revised in November to raise the permit fee from $120 to $240 a year and restrict overnight parking from three lots to one to make the ordinance easier to enforce and to improve snow removal. 

City Administrator Barb Smith said the latest change, which still includes the price increase for permits, offers "the best of both worlds."

Snow events will be declared at the discretion of the street superintendent and will be announced on KIOW as well as posted on the city's Facebook page before 6 p.m. 

Smith will set up a group text for landlords to notify them when a snow event has been declared. Landlords then can tell their tenants. 

On those evenings permit-holders will be allowed to park overnight only in the lot at West K and Sixth. Vehicles need to be removed from the lot by 7 a.m. 

Overnight parking permits, including temporary permits for visitors, can be obtained from the police department. 

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