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February 13, 2014
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — An ordinance about the consequences of committing civil infractions is being reworded to, in legal jargon, remove the swish.

“It is simply a clarification of an ordinance, in terms of assessable fines for municipal infractions, outside of parking and traffic,” said Brian Renaud, city attorney for Grosse Pointe Shores.

“This just adds certainty,” added Mayor Ted Kedzierski, one of four attorneys on the Shores city council.

The council is considering amending the ordinance to specify fines for civil infractions, such as operating a lawn mower at 6 a.m. or a construction contractor working on Sunday.

As written, the ordinance lists fines to be “adopted from time to time by the council or, if no applicable schedule exists, a civil fine not to exceed $500.”

Being considered is a specific schedule of:

$150 for a first offense,

$300 for the first repeat offense and

$500 for the second, or any subsequent, repeat offense.

“It provides certainty to an ordinance that was not clear,” Renaud said.


In addition, council members plan to amend the parking ordinance.

“The parking ordinance amendment simply adds some prohibited parking activities for which the city may collect increased fines and keep a bigger portion for itself,” Renaud said.

Some of the proposals outlaw parking:

on a sidewalk,

in front of a public or private driveway,

within an intersection,

on a crosswalk,

within 20 feet of a crosswalk or, if none, then within 15 feet of the intersection of property lines of an intersection of highways,

alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic and

within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

Parking rules are separate from traffic regulations.

“Traffic violations, except parking violations that we’re talking about in this ordinance and fines assessable for traffic violations, are dealt with by state statue,” Renaud said.

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