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New Winter Parking Rules Will Be Monitored for Effectiveness

Changes to the winter parking ban are ready to officially be put in place on Jan. 1.

Town officials said on Wednesday they are ready to go with the town's new trial rules for the winter parking ban.

A complete description of the program issued by the town government is attached to this story and also posted on the Danvers town website.

"We have been working to prepare for the implementation of our new (trial) winter parking ban which will become effective on January 1, 2013," Town Manager Wayne Marquis said in a memo to several town officials this week in both the Department of Public Works, Police Department and other town offices.

The changes to the wintertime overnight parking rules in Danvers were approved by the Board of Selectmen on a trial basis through the end of the winter. The board unanimously backed the trial period in a vote earlier this month.

Previously, overnight parking for longer than an hour had been banned on any Danvers road or street between midnight and 6 a.m. Under the new trial period rules, cars will be allowed to parking overnight on the street unless a "snow emergency" is put in place when accumulating snow is forecasted.

"We will carefully monitor the effectiveness of the program and make such adjustments as we deem appropriate," Marquis wrote.

In the summary of the program, Marquis said that the intent of the trial period is to reduce the need for homeowners with limited parking to find off-street parking for the entire winter even when there is no snow on the road.

"The pilot program will continue until April 1 and the impact evaluated," the program description reads.

The leading way the town will notify residents about the parking ban will be a telephone call from the DPW using the Connect-CTY system to the landline of every Danvers resident.

In addition, residents and businesses on the Connect CTY section - on the bottom righthand side, of the town website.

Marquis said that town officials will also use newspapers, radio station 104.9, the town webpage, Danvers Cable TV, Facebook, Twitter and Nixle (run by the Police Department) to notify residents, Marquis said.

Additionally, two electronic message boards will be set up - one on the rightside of Route 62 (Maple Street) near Spring Street and the other at the intersection of Poplar and Conant streets near the Holten-Richmond School. Both signs will be designed to catch drivers coming from either direction toward Danvers Square.

Anyone who is parked overnight on a Danvers street durinbg the parking ban will face a $15 parking ticket, $125 for a town by a town-authoried tow company and a $35 per day storage charge. An additional charge could be charged if additional assistance is needed to tow the vehicle.

A second phone call will be made when the parking ban is lifted.

Sean Ward December 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Be prepared to see more accidents this winter as late night drivers on slick roads find it necessary to navigate down tight roads with the added obstacle of more street parked cars.
Les Moore December 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Sean, If the weather is that bad.......stay home like I do. Then you won't see any bad accidents on tight roads........."Just Sayin" Les PS: Hi "Guest"...did you miss me?......:)...Les
Sean Ward December 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I'm never out that late, but this isn't about me. I actually care about the safety and well being of others in my community and I usually trust my town to make good decisions to that end. This was not one of their finer decisions.
Zombie Dogs December 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Ha, he might not see them but that does not mean they won't happen! I'm glad you enjoy the unique luxury of staying at home when you feel that the roads are too slick.
Les Moore December 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Dear "zombie dog", Yes I do enjoy the luxury of staying home. My life is almost perfect and my days are filled with pleasure.....I wish you could be as happy as I am but unfortunately there is only so much room at the top of the food chain and I am not ready to give up my throne! Merry Christmas and God Bless Us Everyone!!!!! Les...........:)

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