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Thin ice no longer?

Councilor suggests changes to policy

January 24, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Changes to the alternate side winter parking policy may be in the offing.

Town Council Chairman Steven Lazo said he has asked the Protection of Persons and Property Subcommittee to consider allowing parking on one side of the street year-round.

"That would alleviate a lot of problems," he said, of the current alternate side parking ban, which is in effect from Dec. 1 to April 1 and 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.

Lazo has also asked that the $50 fee for violating the winter parking rules be

lowered to $30, according to PPP Chairman Albert D. Vecchia Jr.

The proposal comes as the policy can be confusing — one example is Pleasant Street, which is exempted from the ban and allows parking on both sides.

Other roads are designated "snow emergency routes" with no parking allowed. That approach is intended to allow 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 one side or prohibit altogether.

Lazo said allowing parking on only one side of the street would eliminate confusion residents have about when to move their vehicles. The chairman, however, said his idea would likely not pass a council vote.

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

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