Accessible parking problems

One man wants more enforcement of accessible parking spots.

Posted: Jul. 11, 2018 10:07 AM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – One of the two accessible entrances to the Freeborn County Government’s Center is on Broadway Avenue.

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There is only one handicap accessible parking spot in front of that entrance.

Steve Steele uses a wheelchair for health conditions. He said the parking spot is often abused.

“It's so illegal and it's so difficult for a handicap person,” he said.

When KIMT was talking with Steele, the parking spot was open, but a car was parked, blocking the evened out part of the curb that allows a wheelchair to get on the side walk.

“It's parked right where the people would come with a wheel chair,” Steele said. “And it's marked that they shouldn't be parked there, but they don't do a thing about it.”

He wants to see more enforcement. According to Steele, the designated parking spot is not enforced.

Since the parking stall is on a city street, it is the City of Albert Lea’s responsibility.

The city said they got complaints of people abusing the parking spot and added a sign to make its label more visible to drivers.

They said they give citations when called about a person wrongfully parking there. The fine is $200.

Two accessible parking spots are in the lot towards the back entrance of the Government’s Center. These spots are up to the county to enforce.

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