Grace period for phase 4 of Safe Streets Initiative begins

August 3, 2018

DeKALB – The grace period of the fourth phase of city’s Safe Streets initiative has begun after it was passed by city council in June.

Full enforcement for the final phase of the program will begin Aug. 16 after the two-week grace period. The additional restrictions east of Annie Glidden Road include parking bans on some streets from 2 to 6 a.m. and residential parking areas.

Signs that display the new parking regulations have been installed by public works staff, according to a news release.

DeKalb Police Cmdr. Steve Lekkas said police are starting to see some reduction in crime in the areas that are part of the initiative started a few months ago. But, he said, it’s still too early to tell whether the preliminary data reflects an actual trend.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Lekkas said.

Residents who qualify for a resident permit may submit an application at the DeKalb Police Department, 700 W. Lincoln Highway. A valid state ID or rental lease is required to prove residency.

Cmdr. Craig Woodruff said nearly 70 parking passes have been bought since they were made available for purchase Wednesday. He said money from the permits will go to the city’s general fund, similar to money collected from parking violations.

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