Changes to Main St. parking

The Select Board has made further adjustments to the parking structure on Main Street, eliminating most of the restricted parking on the street during daylight hours, in an ongoing attempt to alleviate long-standing parking issues.

On Aug. 4, following a public hearing on the issue, the Select Board moved to make several changes to the parking restrictions, according to Select Board member Kermit Williams in a phone interview Monday. The board voted to completely do away with 2-hour parking restrictions for the street. The six half-hour spots across from the Town Hall have been reduced to four spots, and the time limit has been extended to one hour. Two half-hour spots have been added in front of Nelson’s Candy. All of the restricted-time spots become unlimited after 6 p.m., said Williams.

The board also extended the hours parking is allowed on Main Street, changing the allowed hours from midnight to 2 a.m. This will allow night events, such as music events at Nelson’s Candy, an extra cushion, said Williams. When the winter parking ban is in effect, cars will still have to be off the street by midnight. The board will also be directing the Department of Public Works to put clear signs on each of the restricted spaces, and more signs directing people to and identifying public lots at the police department, across from the library and along the bank up to the bridge.

“The goal was to try to make parking as friendly as possible, especially for those that come from out of town for the restaurants or the movies, and to make sure that those people know where they can park,” said Williams of the changes.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com.

She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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