SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 6, 2013

Danvers winter parking ban depends on snow

Ethan Forman
STAFF WRITER

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DANVERS — For the second winter in a row, residents are not facing a blanket overnight winter parking ban.
Instead, selectmen have put in place a program that prohibits parking on town streets from 1 to 6 a.m. only if a parking ban is announced due to a snowstorm, according to a press release from DPW program coordinator Gail Bernard.
Under the former system, cars parked overnight for more than an hour on town streets could have been ticketed at any time. If they hindered plowing, they could have been towed. The ban proved tough for residents with limited parking who had to find off-street parking even when there was no need to plow.
This new system, which started Sunday and runs through April 1, involves residents being warned about the winter parking ban through the town’s community notification system, or Connect-CTY, by 7 p.m. prior to the parking ban being implemented. Vehicles parked on town streets during the overnight ban may be ticketed or towed. The town will make a second call once the parking ban is lifted. The ban could last a day or longer.
All land lines are automatically included in the community notification system. The town will also notify newspapers and use social media to announce a parking ban. Message boards at the intersections of Poplar and Conant streets and Maple and Forest streets will also be used to get the word out.
To add a cellphone or email address to the Connect-CTY system, go to the town’s website, http://www.danvers.govoffice.com, click on the “Connect-CTY” icon on the right-hand bottom section of the website and follow the prompts to “modify contact information.”
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.