Below are answers to commonly-asked questions.
Bicycles may not be ridden on sidewalks in the 100- and 200-blocks downtown. Walk bikes on the board walk. Bicycles may be ridden on the roadway outside of the 200-blocks of downtown provided the rider obeys all the traffic signs/signals and rides with the flow of traffic. If you have children, please teach them to always walk against the flow of traffic, and to bike with the flow.
Skateboards, skates & rollerblades are not allowed on downtown sidewalks but can be used on sidewalks in the rest of the city. State law prohibits their use on any street or highway.
Parking a motor vehicle or trailer within the right-of-way of any public street in the city is prohibited between the hours of 2:00am to 5:00am of any day during the entire months of November, December, January, February, and March. This enables us to sweep streets and plow snow, identify abandoned vehicles and provide emergency response to your home or business. You may park on the street overnight beginning April 1st until November 1st.
If you must park in the street while you repair a driveway, have overnight guests, etc, contact Public Safety at 269-685-9858.
Overnight parking in downtown lots is by permit in designated areas only.
The Severe weather siren is tested on the fourth Friday of every month at 11:00am.
If you hear the siren at any other time, take cover and tune to your local media or National Weather Service for any additional updates or the “all clear”.
Charter Communications: 1-800-822-2554
Lara Public Service Commission (regarding Video/Cable Providers)
Garbage collection is performed by private contractors which can be found in the yellow pages.
The City bills monthly for these utilities, however, actual water meter reads are taken in March, June, September and December. Bills are estimated for the months in between. If you prefer to read your own meter on the ‘in-between’ months for an ‘actual read’ billing, contact City Hall at 269-685-6821.
If your drains are sluggish or plugged, call public works before calling a plumbing professional. We’ll check the sewer main. If it’s blocked, we’ll clear it at no cost to you (unless you are a business and the block is caused by improper grease disposal). If the problem is in your plumbing, we’ll let you know and then you can call someone to clear your line. If possible, please call between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm.
After 3:30 pm or on weekends or holidays, call Public Safety at 269-685-9858, and they will let Public Works know that you have a problem.