Al­der­men OK street park­ing rule change

Odd-even snow rule will ap­ply year-round

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ariél Zangla azangla@free­manon­line.com

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.

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