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 …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
The city has declared a snow emergency.
Peabody has declared a snow emergency. No on-street parking is allowed until further notice, police say. This marks a use of the city's new parking policy. Earlier this year, the city switched from fixed parking bans on every winter night to a system of declared snow emergency parking bans. For breaking Peabody news as it happens, sign up for the Peabody Patch newsletter.
Friday, May 25, 2012
City Council eliminates annual parking ban in favor of switching to emergency notification system via blue lights.
It's been a long time coming for Ward 1 City Councilor Barry Osborne. Now in his 13th year on the council, he's lobbied his colleagues and city officials for at least the past decade to do away with the city's winter parking ban. And Thursday night, he was finally successful. The council voted unanimously to eliminate the annual parking ban with the intent of adopting a weather emergency parking ban instead that would utilize the blue light and radio notification system the city has. Osborne said the former ban was "ineffective," only covering a relatively short window between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., and just a hassle for residents to deal with. "Councilor Osborne finally made it happen, he's been fighting it for ten years," said Councilor-at-…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Peabody city officials are taking a hard look at doing away with the city's winter parking ban in favor of a notification system just for when it snows.
The city's winter parking ban ended on Sunday, and in true April Fool's fashion, a light dusting of snow threatened the weekend forecast -- one last pass in a relatively snow-less winter. The city's annual overnight parking ban, however, is no joke to many a resident. Residents and city councilors alike have bemoaned the existence of the ban for years, for a number of reasons, and wish the city would do away with it in favor of an emergency alert system when it actually snows, as several other communities in the area do. The ban is in effect from Dec. 1 to April 1 -- no on-street parking is allowed from 1-6 a.m. Many a resident no doubt will then be pleased to hear that elimination of the city's winter parking ban is finally in the …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Starting Dec. 1, between 1 and 6 a.m., residents will have to take their cars off the street, and no parking on the sidewalk allowed.
Starting Dec. 1, residents will have to park their cars in their driveways overnight or look for other options off the street. The city's winter parking ban lasts through April 1. Motor vehicles parked on the street for more than one hour between 1 and 6 a.m. are subject to a $10 fine, enforced by the police. It's a $5 fine for parking on the sidewalk and vehicles may be towed if they are impeding snow-plowing operations. The Peabody Police Department issued a public reminder yesterday about the ban, although the date was incorrect by a month. A corrected notice was released this morning. Up until 2008, the ban had always started on Nov. 1, but city councilor Barry Osborne finally won over his colleagues and Police Chief Robert Champagne, …