In response to larger than normal snow accumulation, Carleton Place council has introduced new parking restrictions effective Monday, Feb. 27. As of that date, parking will be prohibited 24/7 on the even numbered side of streets that normally allow parking on both sides of town thoroughfares.
The new measures, which are in effect until further notice, arose out concerns that roadways have become narrowed to the point where both the normal flow of traffic as well as accessibility for emergency vehicles are impacted.
Given the new prohibition’s short notice, and no plans to erect temporary street signage, the town will quickly roll out a special message notifying residents on the municipal website and through its social media channels (including a new app).
While this week’s thaw will ease the snowbank problem, Director of Protective Services Les Reynolds envisions the temporary restrictions in place at least until the end of March.
Members of council expressed sympathy with residents for whom street parking is already at a premium. While those in violation of the new restrictions will face ticketing, Mayor Antonakos asked that town staff exercise caution before removing cars. In the event a tow is required, council agreed that cars would be taken to the library parking lot without a charge to vehicles owners, as per the town’s normal winter parking practices.
Council will evaluate the results of this temporary parking ban before deciding on whether it should become a permanent part of winter road management.