An Illinois village has ended the hospitality some businesses have shown to semi-trailer truck drivers and recreational vehicle owners who need a place to park overnight and snooze.
According to a report in the Chicago Daily Herald, Gurnee Village board members recently banned parking from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, McDonald’s and the former Yao Yao’s restaurant on Grand Avenue near the Tri-State Tollway.
Concerns about noise, trash, sanitation and the unsightliness of a swarm of RVs and semis in the parking lots were among the driving forces behind the new ordinance, Gurnee police crime prevention technician Tom Agos said.
“We really don’t want our parking lots turned into campgrounds,” Agos said.
The village last week received signed agreements from the affected property owners, and police now will have the authority to tell the truckers and RV enthusiasts to leave the private lots. Police can issue $20 tickets to violators.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has long welcomed RV owners and semi drivers who park overnight in its lots across the country, spokesman Dan Fogelman said. He said it’s been a good partnership, because the drivers get a safe place to park, and they often then buy merchandise from Wal-Mart or its sibling Sam’s Club.
However, Fogelman said, Wal-Mart cooperates when a community no longer wants overnight parking.
“It happens in some areas,” Fogelman said. “I don’t know if it’s a particular trend.”
Agos said Gurnee’s public works department crafted signs warning against overnight parking. Most of the signs were installed on Friday.