Council enhances enforcement of Wisconsin Point curfewParking on Wisconsin Point Road in the middle of the night could be costly now that the Superior City Council made it easier for police to cite curfew violators.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Parking on Wisconsin Point Road in the middle of the night could be costly now that the Superior City Council made it easier for police to cite curfew violators.
Police no longer have to track down offenders. All they need do is leave a ticket on vehicles parked in violation of the city’s curfew on Wisconsin Point.
And, it’s no ordinary parking citation; a ticket will cost the vehicle’s owner $125.
“It’s unfortunate that we would have to go to this length to do this,” said Councilor Ed Anderson. “I remember growing up in this town. Wisconsin Point is one of the jewels we have, and quite frankly, at three, four o’clock in the morning at times before sunrise in the summer it’s very, very beautiful out there. I would hate to think that because of few troublemakers … that we’re going to punish all the citizens of Superior, take that away and enjoy Wisconsin Point and enjoy the tranquility of Lake Superior.”
Councilor Tom Bridge said limitations were placed on Wisconsin Point access more than five years ago when the council adopted an ordinance that limits parking on the point to the first lot on Wisconsin Point Road between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., except during the smelt run. The council adopted that ordinance in 2003 in an effort to curb the illegal dumping and litter on the 2½-mile peninsula.
The council amended the ordinance after Superior’s Parks and Recreation Commission discussed possible solutions to discourage illegal dumping and litter that persist in pristine areas of the city.
Superior’s assistant police chief, Charles LaGesse, told commissioners the original adopted in 2003 was difficult to enforce because it required officers to track down the offenders, something that can be very difficult to do late at night or during pre-dawn hours. Allowing officers to leave the citation on the vehicle would make it easier for officers patrolling Wisconsin Point at night to cite curfew violators, LaGesse said.
Bridge, long frustrated that one of the city’s jewel’s is treated like a dumping ground by some, brought forward the recommendation to modify the 2003 ordinance to solve that problem and increase the fine from $30 to $125.
“With this change, the police department would be able to ticket the vehicles and not have to find the owners of the vehicles,” Bridge said.