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Posted: December 10, 2015 Downtown Eau Claire parking time limit extended to every day

Taken from the Leader-Telegram
By Andrew Dowd
A two-hour time limit for on-street parking in downtown Eau Claire will be expanded from weekdays to every day starting on Jan. 1.

On Tuesday, the City Council approved the parking changes, which had been amended from a proposal that had different rules depending on which part of downtown you were in.

"I think it's important we have consistent parking rules in downtown Eau Claire," Councilman David Strobel said.
The original proposal would've had the time limit enforced every day on South Barstow Street, but North Barstow Street would've had no parking restrictions on Sundays.

Strobel's amendment to enforce the time limit from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day on both sides of the Eau Claire River was unanimously supported by the 10 council members present at Tuesday's meeting. Councilman Michael Xiong was absent.

"I think consistency is really important," Councilwoman Catherine Emmanuelle said.
The city's ability to enforce the law on Sundays currently is doubtful, though, as there are no police officers specifically assigned to parking enforcement on that day.

Police Deputy Chief Chad Hoyord said staffing currently allows parking enforcement from Mondays through Saturdays, and it would take a budget adjustment to add Sundays.

Council members said the limit still should be expanded to seven days a week to get drivers used to obeying the parking law, even if Eau Claire doesn't yet have enough officers to ticket violators on Sundays. 
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