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Parking fines stay put

Reduction in winter penalties rejected

At right, Police Sgt. Wayne Boiteau Jr. shakes hands with Councilor David Livengood after receiving his new rank Monday night. He and police Sgt. Carlos Dingui were sworn in at their new ranks Monday by Town Clerk Madaline I. Daoust. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
December 14, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Town Councilors Monday rejected a motion to cut the fine for violating the alternate side winter parking regulation.

A motion to cut the fine from $50 to $25 failed in a 4-4 vote. Councilors David Livengood, Richard Logan, Pamela Regis and Denise Clemence all cast opposing votes during their Monday, Dec. 14 meeting. Councilor Larry McDonald did not attend the meeting.

The current policy, which is in effect from Dec. 1-April 1, requires residents on certain streets park on the odd-numbered side of the road on odd-numbered days, and vice versa. They must move their vehicles to the proper side by 7 p.m. The fine was increased from $15 to $50 in 2006.

The policy, however, can be confusing — one example is Pleasant Street being exempted from that and allowing parking on both sides. Other roads are designated "snow emergency routes" with no parking allowed. That approach is intended to let town vehicles to use those roads during snow removal operations. Also, during a "snow emergency," the police chief can designate streets as 24-hour parking on side, or no parking at all.

With one snowstorm under the region's belt, councilors were divided on whether to cut violators a fiscal break.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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