City will examine easing of winter parking rules

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City hall is looking at easing the winter parking restrictions in Cornwall.

City council is asking administrators to determine if winter parking rules in Cornwall can be relaxed.

Councillors voted Monday night to request a report from managers on easing 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.

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

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

"All we're looking for is some different options," said Murphy Monday night.

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.

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

Geographic location: Cornwall, Montreal Road, Toronto

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