During the recent municipal election campaign, a plight of the volunteers for the Hunger Stop (Lanark County Food Bank) came to light. As there is no parking available on site (at the food bank’s Allan Street location), their volunteers have been parking in the municipal lot across Bridge Street from the town hall and risking fines as their shifts are longer than the free four-hour period allowed by bylaw. The Food Bank’s board chair, Karen Lomas wrote to town staff to resolve the situation by offering to purchase 7 vehicle permits for parking and to provide stickers to each volunteer’s vehicle to identify them as being allowed to park over the time limit.
Staff’s recommendation to council’s Policy Review Committee on Oct 30th was to let the Food Bank demark their volunteers’ vehicles but not to charge them for any permits nor fine them for parking over the 4 hour limit. With little discussion, the committee voted to accept this proposal.