The ban on overnight parking could be lifted
The ban on overnight parking will be lifted if city council changes the ordinance during a public hearing at 6.30 p.m. on Monday.
“The original overnight parking ban has been on the books for decades,” said Chief Constable Ed Mello. “But it is clear that it has not been applied, and it is inapplicable on the basis of practicality. We are trying to update the ordinance to match what is in practice today. “
The amendment will allow people to park their cars, trucks, motorcycles and SUVs on the street. Boats, RVs, trailers, buses and any other automobile weighing more than 7,000 pounds in gross weight will, however, continue to be prohibited from parking on the streets between 1 and 6 a.m.
According to Mello, the need for a modified ordinance arose due to complaints about caravans and campers parked overnight in front of someone’s house. While technically illegal, Mello said if his department enforced the overnight ban on campers, it would also have to coerce or tow a Nissan sedan, for example, which will also circumvent the regulation.
“We cannot choose which parts of the ordinance we apply,” he said.
Municipal vehicles and vehicles owned by municipal employees while in service are exempt from this proposal. West Ferry parking also does not apply to the nighttime ban, and vehicles, trailers, and boats at Fort Getty are permitted to be parked overnight with permission from the Parks Department.
The proposed ordinance would also create a process for residents to request that their street become a residents’ area for overnight parking. According to the proposal, “By a public hearing, city council may designate a street in a residential parking area as a residential parking street, provided that a petition in a suitable form to the clerk has been filed and signed by at least 51 %. of households’ of this street.
At present, however, the proposal creates only one residential parking district: the streets within the perimeter of Narragansett Avenue, Conanicus Avenue, High Street and Howland Street. This means that only residents of the streets of this neighborhood can request overnight parking reserved for residents. Residents of streets outside this perimeter, in order to file a petition, would need council first to create a residential parking area that includes their street.
Mello said the downtown parking district was created because business operations conflicted with residential parking in the village.
Mello said a business owner in that neighborhood complained about “cars parked outside his business for days on end, and they are not associated with anyone in the neighborhood.” If the proposal is approved, however, this businessman would have the right to ask his neighbors to go ahead with the creation of an overnight resident-only parking lot on his street.
The proposed amendment also removes overnight resident parking in the southern portion of the Jamestown Shores neighborhood. Created about five years ago during a review of each neighborhood to determine how to improve parking, the campaign has been halted following changes to the southern shores. These changes would allow the neighborhood to forgo these changes. If approved, a resident-only sticker will not be required for overnight parking on the beach, boom, bow, Cedar Hill, deck, galley, jib, mast, net, friction, sail, oar and stern.
The proposed ordinance would also ban parking on the east side of Pemberton Avenue, from Narragansett to Watson Avenue, and prohibit parking on both sides of the North Main Road from the intersection of Route 138 North to the Carr lane. This restriction has been added so that parked cars do not conflict with cycle traffic while taking the newly opened path through the North Pond Reservoir.
The penalty for overnight parking in a restricted area is a fine of $ 25. Vehicles in violation for five consecutive days or more are towed at the owner’s expense.