, Newburyport, MA

November 22, 2012

Winter parking ban takes effect Dec. 1

Newburyport Daily News

---- — AMESBURY — Police Chief Mark Gagnon and Public Works Director Robert Desmarais remind residents that the annual Amesbury winter parking ban begins on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All vehicles must be parked off the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., regardless of weather conditions, to facilitate the storm operations of the Public Works Department. Any vehicle left unattended on the street will be subject to a parking violation and/or towing at the owner’s expense. The winter ban violation fine is $50.

Overnight parking is also prohibited in public school and municipal parking lots, including the Friend Street, Main Street, Water Street, public library and School Street parking lots.

Residents living within the central business district may obtain a parking permit at the town clerk’s office in Town Hall, 62 Friend St. The permit allows vehicle owners to park in designated sections of the Water Street deck and Friend Street municipal lot. To obtain a parking permit, residents must appear in person at the town clerk’s office with a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration, showing an address in the central business district. The permit is free and must be affixed to the lower left corner of the back window. Residents will be given further information with the permit by the clerk’s office.

During a snow emergency, public service announcements will be broadcast over local radio and television stations, including WNBP 1450 AM and 106.1 FM, to provide further information. When a snow emergency is declared by the mayor’s office, all vehicles must be removed from city streets, regardless of the hour.

Questions concerning the winter ban may be directed to Robert Desmarais, Public Works director, at 978-388-8116 or to the on-duty shift supervisor at the Amesbury Police Department, 978-388-1217.

The winter parking ban is effective until April 1.