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Winter Parking Ban: Necessary? [POLL]

Are you in favor of the current winter parking ban, or do you think it needs to be modified? Weigh in.

Every year at the start of winter Danvers for vehicles parked on the street, that lasts until through the first of April.

This means that any vehicle parked on a public way for more than one (1) hour, between the hours of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. will be parked illegally. These vehicles will be subject to receiving a Parking Violation, which carries a $15.00 fine, and possible towing.

Danvers residents have raised the question, and we want to start the dialogue on here: should the town's parking ban only be effective during snow storms?

While Selectman Keith Lucy said he hasn't heard a complaint about the ban during his eight years on the Board, he believes the town has an opportunity to do better.

"Some cities in the area use blue flashing lights to indicate a snow emergency and this indicates that parking bans are in effect," Lucy said. "With all of the communication methods availabe today, I think we could get the word out using the telephone via connectCTY, by e-mail, text, Twitter, and even Facebook."

Chairman of the Board Dan Bennett said he has heard from one resident voicing concern, and would be open to hearing suggestions for change.

We want to hear from you. What do you think about the current parking ban? Do you think it could be better? If so, how? Let us know in the comments.

Carla King January 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I spoke at the Selectmen's meeting last night. I feel that the homes were built with families having only one car, now some have 2 or more. For me, an owner of a two family we have to juggle four, sometimes 5 cars. I feel that it should only be in effect during snow storms and the fines should be much larger. I think if I was towed and got a $100 ticket, I would think twice before doing it again. I think people would learn quickly and it would not be a huge issue.
helen burns January 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM
The winter parking ban assures that the streets/roads are vehicle-free if need be. Winter snow is not always predictable...an overnight snowfall could mean a morning mess and dangerous road conditions, especially for those who go to work early. It could take some time for those parked in the street to dig out their cars so plowing can be done, creating a problem for emergency vehicles or even plows. The opinion of the Street Dept. on this subject would be valuable as they see first-hand how this would work. Once people are in bed electronic notifications and flashing lights are not going to help.
Alan Vervaeke January 18, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I have no issue with the parking ban, since there is sufficient municipal parking close by. However, with that being said, if the streets are going to be clear of cars, then the plows should be able to get right to the curb! Many times they leave 2-3 feet of snow out from the curb, and when people park on the street during the daylight hours (especially here on Cherry Street with churchgoers and pre-school drop-offs) they are forced out from the curb to the point where the accessible portion of the street is now narrowed. So keep the ban, but improve the plowing.
helen burns January 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I agree. Our street loses about 2ft. each side.
Michele Chausse January 18, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I find it to be a daily annoyance, as we have a narrow driveway and have to shuffle cars in and out depending on who leaves first in the morning.
M. M. January 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Winter parking-ban for us is not a problem; very fortunate now to have ample parking in our new home. (we used to shuffle 3 cars years ago when we had a single space-width driveway, it was something we had to do...BUT we survived it...)
Carla King January 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Alan, please tell me! Where can you park in a municipal lot all night? That would be great to know. thanks
Alan Vervaeke January 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Carla - there is the muni parking right here on Cherry Street almost right across the street from Townsend Oil. What about the parking lot next to Cherry Street Fish Market?
Carla King January 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
and you can park all night there? that would be great! I still dont agree with the ban, as long as people move their cars as needed, but it's good to know folks can park there.
Greg Unczur January 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM
During storms there should be NO parking on streets. After the storm has passed how about alternate parking? Odd days park on the odd side of the street, and even days park on the even side of the street. This allows the town to push back the snow banks as needed, and also accommodates our residents that don't have off street parking available to still park close to home minimizing the inconvenience of parking ban.
Alan Vervaeke January 19, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Carla - you could leave your car parked there for a MONTH in the winter and I don't think anything would be said as long as the registration is valid and the car is obviously workable. There were cars there last winter that stayed buried for 2 or 3 storms. My beef is that the town also does not plow out the muni lots very well, either.
Carla King January 19, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Well how can they plow well if cars are there? i dont think that is the answer for snow storms anyway, now that I had a chance to put more thought into it. Not everyone is close to their and i dont think anyone in Danvers has NO parking at their home, it's more they have too many cars.
Alan Vervaeke January 19, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Carla - there are at least 40 spots in that parking area and last winter there were only usually 5 or 6 being used. Most of the lot was unplowed. I went over with my snowblower at one point and blew out 3 spots for my 2 step-sons and my brother-in-law.
Tammie King January 19, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I understand the idea of the ban, but it doesn't necessarily solve the problem. People are allowed to park in the street 19 hours a day and are forced to juggle vehicles daily so that they can be safely off the street the other 5 hours. As many of you stated, there is no rule against parking during the day. Let's fix a bit more by moving to a living parking ban where cars need to stay OFF the street during any snow. We are all connected. USE THE TECHNOLOGY we have at our hands, Beverly does it! Those of us with kids in school love the phone call at 6am telling us school is canceled(It works! Never have to watch the news until they get to the Ds anymore.) Allow a small window to move them,then tow if they are still in the way. It's been on my mind for 20 years and because of the mild weather, we are getting a bigger picture point of view. To put it in perspective, The parking ban is ~120 days of which 12 may include snow. (being generous based on the last few years history) it was 64 degrees out on Dec 4th and my husband got a ticket for leaving his car in the street overnight. He didn't fight it because he knew the rule, but fell asleep before we got to jockey around cars for the night. (I also like Greg's idea of even/odd parking.)
Carla King January 20, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Tammie- technology or not... people need to figure it out! Like someone said... We will figure out the new recycling rules, and will figure this out. If it snows, you dont park on street! If you do.... a nice swift fine and a tow should make it so you LEARN!
cheryl demirdogen January 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Great ideas by all - my husband is from Canada and they do the alternating side of the street parking thing every winter (and they get considerably more snow than we do EVERY year from November through March). All residents know to move their cars to the other side every day if they're going to park in the street so the plows can come. It's as simple as that. Carla, you're correct about how times have changed with more cars per household, so the rules definitely have to change as well. Also, would you really go to bed not knowing if snow is coming? If there's a chance of snow overnight, get the cars in the driveway (I'm sure if we got a surprise snowstorm, it probably wouldn't be a plowable amount - if it was, then we need new weathermen!). Several towns around us rely on the city/town's notifications signaling that the ban is on for that night...I'm sure Danvers can do it.
tmtesta11 January 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
For those of you that don't have a problem WITH the ban then you are fortunate. But it is entirely unfair for those of us who do not have sufficient parking. Living in a condo where two people have to go to work and live on different schedules using two cars with one spot is infuriating. And the garage is 5 minute drive from residence. Having to find a way to move a car is an unnecessary torture, especially when you know its not gonna snow. SO like the rest of all cities lets be fair and move cars off the road during snow emergencies so people who pay taxes can have a car less than a mile away for work. Id understamd being fined if not moving for snow but without snow is just ridiculously more than inconvenient for this less fortunate to not have a huge driveway. Please be against this so other people can live normally all months out of the year. And for whoever said the plows would be messed up is just wrong. Many cities with more congestion don't have bans but only for snow emergencies and are fine. Lastly I can't have visitors on a clear day in march because there's no where for them to park. PARKING BAN IS JUST NOT FAIR. Again why should people without a huge driveway have to suffer unnecessarily
Alan Vervaeke March 19, 2012 at 01:28 PM
So here we are on March 19th. It was 75 degrees yesterday and may be again today. I left my car on the street last night and got a TICKET. There was a snowball's chance in Hell that it was going to snow, but I guess Danvers needs the money, since they certainly aren't actively addressing traffic issues. My wife and I almost got run over in a crosswalk last night in front of the Hong Kong and a police officer was in his car not 25 feet from us .... eating and talking to a group of teenaged girls. Wondrous.
Carla King March 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Alan, the law is the law. Just because we dont like it, doesn't mean we can break it. it is what it is.... BUT it's time to change it!!!! Please stand up and work with me to change the bi-law so this doesn't happen again.
Alan Vervaeke March 19, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Carla - I agree and I know I took my chances. But at some point, common sense needs to prevail. Let me know what I can do.
Brandy April 04, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I think there should be a parking ban only during snow storms.
cjl_00 November 30, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Parking ban during snow storms only! The days of 1 car per family are long gone.......it is ridiculous and an annoyance!!! This is not Marblehead......the streets are wide enough. Let's not keep a law enforced that applies to a very small percentage of Danvers residents.....Sorry neighbors....I have kids with cars!!!
DL November 30, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I think there should only be a parking ban during snowstorms as we currently have 5 cars and limited space! Also trying to shuffle cars around in the morning as who needs to leave first, etc is annoying and time consuming!
Carla King November 30, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Please join the facebook page to be kept updated! We are hoping this will be heard again Dec 4th or 18th.
Carla King November 30, 2012 at 01:58 AM
We need your bodies at the selectmens meeting,so they know how you feel! Even if you dont speak, we need you! here is FB page https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/365756926848750/?fref=ts
Carla King December 04, 2012 at 11:53 AM
If you are interested in the parking ban, Tonight is the night! please come to the Selectmen's meeting at 7, town hall. Let the selectmen know this isn't a one person issue! LOL
Carla King December 05, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Parking ban lifted for a trial period beginning Jan 1 :-)

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