Parking limits to be enforced on Wilton’s Main Street

  • Parking spaces in Downtown Wilton Wednesday morning. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • Parking spaces in Downtown Wilton Wednesday morning. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • Parking spaces in Downtown Wilton Wednesday morning. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • Parking spaces in Downtown Wilton Wednesday morning. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/2/2017 6:49:17 AM

Visitors to Wilton’s Main Street are now to be held accountable for the town’s one-hour parking limit on select public spaces.

The town is approving the police department return to strictly enforcing the regulation in an effort to be friendly to businesses whose customers need somewhere to put their cars. The restriction will be active seven days a week.

“I wish we had more days when parking was an issue, but my impression is it’s only Saturday and Sunday when there’s a matinee [at the Wilton Town Hall Theatre] and Nelson’s [candy store] is open,” Selectboard Chair Kermit Williams said.

There are six spaces on the south side of Main Street marked as one-hour parking, but the signs are not being enforced. All other Main Street public parking is two-hour.

That portion of the regulation will be abolished, except that there is no overnight parking in any public lots, and the one-hour spaces will be enforced from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This end time was important to Dennis Markaverich, who operates the theater and said past regulation seemed like it was picking on his customers who are bound to be there for at least two hours. The evening shows at the Wilton Town Hall Theatre begin at 7:30 p.m.

“It seems right and fair for Wilton,” Selectman Steven McDonough said. “The nature of the theater and some shops that are concerned about it drives the sevens days part.”

The police will draft a warning notice, which it will issue for the first couple of weeks, according to Chief Brent Hautanen. Then, there will be a fine.

In addition to public parking along the south side of Main Street from the Maple Street intersection to Main Street Park, and on the other side east of Town Hall, the town has two public lot within close proximity to Main Street businesses.

One is the police station across the Souhegan River, and one is up Route 31 across the street from the library.

Additional lots in the vicinity of Main Street are not designated as public. On Gregg Street, there are spaces for library patron use, and at the easternmost end of Main Street the post office has its own lot. Just past Maple Street is a series of spots privately owned and associated with the building there.

The issue was discussed at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, Jan. 30. The police will present the warning notice for approval at the Feb. 6 meeting.

One warrant article up at town meeting will be to fund improvements to that half of the building, so doing repairs now will not be necessary if that passes.


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