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The Hollister City Council voted Aug. 4 to suspend enforcement of the municipal code governing the parking and storage of recreational vehicles and boats on private property as well as limitations on A-frame/sandwich board signs for 120 days to make the ordinances more consistent with the General Plan.

The council directed city staff to re-work the ordinances, so the council had to vote to authorize the temporary halt on enforcing the rules. There was no discussing of the matter at the meeting.

Hollister Municipal Code as currently written allows for a recreational vehicle or boat to be “parked, stored, left, kept or maintained in the driveway” for a total of 14 days each year and the vehicle or boat may not extend into a sidewalk or a public right-of-way.

City rules also allow one A-frame or sandwich board sign per business on the private property of the business being advertised. The portable sign must be placed so as it provides an unobstructed pedestrian path to entrances and exits to a business.

In Other Action

  • Citing the need to wait 30 days before the second reading of a proposed ordinance, the council continued discussion of proposed water softener restrictions to its Sept. 2 meeting.
  • Friday, Aug. 8 is the last day to file to run for Hollister City Council Districts 2 and 3 as well as the elected mayor’s position, according to City Clerk Geri Johnson. The deadline to file for city treasurer was extended to Wednesday, Aug. 13.
  • The council, by a 4-0 vote, agreed to send a proposed 4 percent increase (to 12 percent from 8 percent) on the transient occupancy tax to voters in November.