Aldermen OK street parking rule change
Odd-even snow rule will apply year-round
City roadways that had been subject year-round to alternate-side-of-the-street parking regulations will now be subject to rules imposed citywide during snow emergencies.
During a meeting Tuesday, the Common Council unanimously adopted a resolution amending the rules for alternate-side-ofthe-street parking so that motorists will be required to park on the side of the street with evennumbered addresses on evennumbered dates and on the oddnumbered side on odd-numbered dates. The times that motorists are required to switch on which side of the street vehicles are parked will remain unchanged.
During snow emergencies, though, vehicles must be moved to the proper side of the street by 7 a.m.
Common Council Majority Leader Reynolds ScottChildress, D-Ward 7, said the change was a result of listening
to Kingston citizens and “trying to enact legislation that will benefit them, make their lives easier on these particular streets.”
Currently, streets that have regular alternate-side parking throughout the year use different terminology
and have varying rules governing when to park on which side of the street.
For instance, Green Street had alternate-side parking on specific days of the week, meaning vehicles parked on one side on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
and on the opposite side on other days.
All streets with alternateside parking will now follow the even-odd schedule.
City aldermen had also been asked to consider changing the time motorists switch sides of the street
to 7 a.m. citywide. During a caucus meeting Monday, though, aldermen were reluctant to require residents to move their vehicles that early in the day, year-round.
Alderman William Carey, D-Ward 5, said he supports keeping the existing times
for alternate-side parking because residents are used to them. The other council members concurred.
The alternate-side parking rule citywide during snow emergencies was adopted by the Common Council in December 2017.