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Eau Claire City Council adopts new ordinance for alternate side parking this winter season

Posted October 29th, 2015

Taken from WEAU
By Danielle Wagner 
Gone are the days of having to move your vehicle every night between November 1st and May 1st in Eau Claire.

Tuesday, the Eau Claire City Council adopted a new ordinance for alternate side parking.
Starting November 1st, alternate side parking will only be in effect when there's a residential full plow operation.
Alternate parking means on even numbered calendar days you park on the even numbered side of the street and vice versa.

Public Works Director Phil Fieber said the goal of this ordinance is to provide better snow plow service to the city. He said it also eliminates times of the year, such as early fall and late spring, when alternate parking isn't needed because there's no snow.

In the past, you had to park your vehicle on alternate sides of the street every day from November 1st through May 1st, regardless of the weather.

Now, alternate side parking will only be in effect when there's a residential full plow operation.
How will you know when one is in effect?

"People are going to need to follow-up. Follow-up on our website to see whether or not this was enough now to enact a full plow operation," said Public Works Director Phil Fieber.

The alternate parking lasts for 72 hours. It's from midnight to 5 p.m. each of the three days. It was previously in effect from midnight to just 7 a.m.

"This we think will give us much more time to be able to do some plowing during the day, which will actually improve the amount of parking spaces in a lot of these residential streets," said Fieber.

Public Works Director Phil Fieber said there will be at least six hours notice before alternate parking takes effect.
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