Paid Parking Proposal Back Before Selectmen

Board members disagree on whether to exempt residents from payment.


Parking was on selectmen's minds at their last meeting, Aug. 22.

Selectman Barry Greenfield presented a proposal that the town conduct a pilot program on Humphrey Street to make 65 parking spaces paid parking.

The spaces would be from the to the

The board reached no decision on the proposal and is expected to continue talking about it at an upcoming meeting.

Greenfield projected that the 65 spaces would generate about $50,000 a year in revenue, mostly from out-of-town visitors to Swampscott.

Town Administrator Tom Younger said the town would have to purchase five or six parking dispensing machines for the 65 spaces. And he said the town would have to ticket violators for the project to be successful.

The selectmen disagreed on whether residents would be exempt from the paid parking.  

Selectman David Van Dam said in an interview that for him to support a proposal it must exempt Swampscott residents from paying for parking.

A little more than one year ago he proposed paid parking on Humphrey Street for nonresidents to ensure that cars don't tie up spaces of Humphrey Street businesses for long periods.

He estimated kiosk parking — between the Lynn line and the Fish House —  could generate $100,000 to $400,000 a year for the town.

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pamela boucher August 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM
sorry you shouldn't be doing that at all. no meters please. if you have them people will do business elsewhere ok
Alex August 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM
This proposal is wrong: people are using this area for recreation (no businesses on this stretch) and exemption for Swampscott citizens most probably means that we'll end up BUYING special sticker (aka, also paying).
mary webster August 28, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I am not for the meters either. I feel it is unfair to charge people to come to our small town. We have a few shops/restaurants and beaches in the area you currently are talking about. In no time I am sure the meters will increase further down Humphrey Street. I also don't believe Swampscott residents would always be exempt. There are also so many younger people who frequent the ice cream shops, restaurants and beaches in that area and to have then begin having to pay in their small town, or purchase a sticker, or have their out of town friends have to pay just doesn't seem right.


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