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Parking rules get final approval in Fort Dodge

Weeks after the parking meters were removed from downtown streets, the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday gave final approval to new parking regulations.

Here are the highlights of the new rules:

• The on-street spaces once guarded by meters are available for free parking for up to two hours.

• Parking in the downtown lots is free on nights, weekends and holidays.

• Parking is prohibited on downtown streets from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day.

Additionally, the council has already approved new prices for permits to be used in the lots. Those prices are $22 a month for daytime parking, $30 per month for 24-hour parking and $40 per month for a reserved space that can be used every day all year.

The parking regulations received their final approval on a 5-1 vote.

Councilmembers Kim Alstott, Neven Conrad, Dave Flattery, Terry Moehnke and Lydia Schuur voted yes.

Councilman Jeff Halter voted no. He said he is opposed to banning parking on downtown streets from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.

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