Monday, February 25, 2013
The ban was only in effect overnight. Residents can now park their cars on the street again.
Peabody police say the emergency parking ban has been lifted and cars can be parked on the street again. The ban was first declared around 8 p.m. Sunday night due to the weather.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The city has declared an emergency parking ban due to the snow tonight.
The snow this weekend didn't turn out as first predicted, but with at least 1-2 inches expected to collect tonight in Peabody, the city has declared an emergency parking ban. No on-street parking will be allowed across the city until further notice. The National Weather Service says a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until midnight when the snow is expected to taper off.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
You can now park on the street again and not worry about getting a ticket or towed.
After more than four straight days, the emergency parking ban is finally over. Peabody police shared the, no doubt, welcome news with residents via an automated notice Tuesday afternoon. The message was simple and to the point: "The city of Peabody parking ban has been rescinded effective immediately." The ban on on-street parking was first declared Friday morning, hours before the weekend blizzard rolled into Peabody. And for what it's worth, there is a slight chance of snow headed this way Wednesday night and Thursday.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Police say parking for residents without access to other off-street spots will be available at three city schools until Saturday morning.
There's an emergency parking ban in effect, which means on-street parking isn't allowed. The city is allowing parking at some schools, however, for residents who don't have access to off-street spots. Parking will be available at the Higgins, Carroll and Welch schools for residents, effective now until Saturday morning. Police say cars need to be moved by 8 a.m. on Saturday so lots can be cleared for school on Monday. And no, that's not a typo and yes, city officials realize it will still be snowing heavily at that point in all likelihood. The mayor's office says a further announcement on when cars will need to be moved may be issued later this afternoon. The timing may change as needed.
Police say they will be begin ticketing in earnest at noon for any vehicles still parked in the street. There will be towing as well as needed for emergency vehicle access or plowing.
Peabody police say, starting at noon Friday, they will begin ticketing vehicles still parked in the street in violation of the emergency parking ban. The fine is $50. "Considerations will be made for vehicles parked in front of businesses for short periods of time for as long as possible, but efforts should be made to remove all cars from all roadways before the snow volume increases," says an alert issued shortly before noon. Local forecasts say 2-4 inches of snow is expected to accumulate during the day, but as heavy snow arrives this evening, Peabody can expect 14-20 inches. Police say vehicles will be towed as well if they impede the flow or access for emergency vehicles or plowing operations. The parking ban was declared as of 8 a.m. …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
City officials anticipate declaring an emergency parking ban effective 8 a.m. on Friday due to the blizzard headed this way.
Peabody police have announced that city officials are anticipating they will declare an emergency parking ban effective 8 a.m. on Friday. A major blizzard is headed this way, starting Friday morning and lasting throughout the day on Saturday. The heaviest snowfall is projected for Friday night into the morning. "Please make arrangements to have all vehicles off public roadways should the emergency parking ban become effective. Barring any unforseen changes in the expected snowfall, the ban is expected to be declared effective tomorrow as of 8 a.m. and continue until the event and cleanup efforts conclude," reads Thursday's alert. The ban may be modified, depending on the weather patterns, and city officials are working on arranging …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Mayor says the blue lights will signal an emergency parking ban whenever stormy weather is in the forecast, as opposed to having a parking ban all winter long.
Mayor Ted Bettencourt is hoping to clear up some confusion on the city's new notification system for the new emergency parking ban. When the blue lights go on, it doesn't necessarily mean city plows will be out clearing the roads -- that depends on the severity of the storm -- but it does mean a serious weather event is likely headed toward Peabody and the city needs to be ready for the worst. That could be anything from snow to floods to hurricanes and tornadoes. Bettencourt, who said he's received a number of calls and complaints on the new ordinance, would rather "err on the side of caution." After all, any New Englander can testify to the unpredictability of the weather and many a storm forecast. A number of irate readers have also …
Monday, January 28, 2013
No on-street parking will be allowed until further notice.
The city of Peabody has declared an emergency parking ban today due to the snow storm expected to hit later this afternoon. An alert was issued by the Police Department at 12:17 p.m. Effective immediately, on-street parking is not allowed until further notice. Violators will be ticketed and towed. Weather reports at this time are forecasting snow will begin to fall after 5 p.m. Sleet and freezing rain may also be in the mix this evening and overnight. Peabody may see about 3 inches of snow by tonight. Stay with Peabody Patch for more details on the local forecast.
Monday, January 21, 2013
No on-street parking will be allowed until further notice. Storm forecasts now say Peabody and the surrounding area may see between 6 and 9 inches of snow.
Peabody finally joined its neighboring North Shore cities and local officials declared a snow emergency this evening in light of the impending snow storm expected to hit tonight. As of 6 p.m., an emergency parking ban is in effect until further notice. No on-street parking will be allowed until the ban is lifted. Vehicles left on the street in violation of the ban will be ticketed and towed. The latest weather update from the National Weather Service is forecasting 6-9 inches of snow now through tomorrow morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 1 p.m. on Tuesday. No announcements have been made yet whether school will be in session tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Police say they only towed 15 cars to allow snow plows to clear city streets during the duration of the parking ban this past weekend.
Peabody's inaugural test of the new emergency parking ban came with relative success, according to city officials. Police Chief Robert Champagne tells the Salem News that only 15 cars were towed in the downtown area at the request of the Department of Public Services to allow plow crews to clear the streets. Several more residents were either ticketed or given further warnings to move their cars off the street or else. Both the mayor's office and city councilor Barry Osborne, who championed the switch from the annual winter parking ban to a temporary ban for when it actually snows, told the Salem News they did not receive many complaints over the weekend. The snow emergency was declared by DPS late Saturday morning in anticipation of at …