Councillors want winter parking restrictions eased

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A pair of city councillors want winter parking restrictions in Cornwall eased.

A pair of city councillors want to make it easier for you to park your vehicle on Cornwall streets during the winter.

Councillors David Murphy and Maurice Dupelle have put forward a notice of motion for the sole council meeting in December where they will ask for a report outlining a reduction in the restrictions motorists face every year when it comes to parking on the street during the winter.

As it stands now, you can't park on a city street or municipal parking lot between 1 and 7 a.m. from Nov. 15 to March 31. The rules change for portions of Pitt and Second streets, as well as Montreal Road, where the restrictions begin at 2 a.m.

Murphy said it's unlikely council will agree to basing the restrictions solely on weather forecasts, but he would like to see "some kind of compromise.

"Maybe we can shave a few weeks off the restrictions in the fall and in the spring."

Four days before the restrictions were set to begin this year the temperature rose to 15 degrees.

"With the weather patterns we see now, the snow is arriving later in the fall and leaving earlier in the spring," said Murphy.

City officials want streets clear of parked vehicles overnight to make it easier for plowing. Large centres, like Toronto, base their rules on snow accumulation forecasts.

"We'll probably never get to that," said Murphy, adding the logistics of enforcement would become too cumbersome.

Those who contravene the existing parking bylaw face a $25 fine.

Councillors will vote Dec. 10 on whether to request a report from administrators on the subject. If they do, and councillors see the merit of Murphy and Dupelle's suggestions, it's likely new parking rules will only effect the end of the looming winter season.

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