By Shawn Regan
---- — HAVERHILL — It’s only September, but officials are already fielding their first complaints about the city’s winter parking rules.
City Councilor William Macek said he has been contacted by several River Street residents who are worried they will have no place to park, and therefore risk being ticketed or towed, when the city starts enforcing the winter parking rules on Nov. 15. The rules restrict parking to one side of the street until spring.
“This is an annual problem that is likely to be worse this year with the new developments on River Street,” Macek said.
Dozens of residents living in multifamily apartment buildings on the part of River Street west of downtown have little or no off-street parking. The stretch of road, which also includes many businesses on the side closest to the Merrimack River, begins near the Comeau Bridge and ends around View Street.
The council is slated to take up the matter at tonight’s meeting at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
Macek said he will likely recommend that the rules be changed to allow parking on both sides of River Street, except during snow storms.
The council considered amending the parking rules on River Street last year, but ended up postponing action.
The alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules begin Nov. 15. Police typically allow a grace period, during which warnings, rather than tickets, are placed on cars parked illegally.
In the event of a snow emergency declared by the mayor, parking is prohibited on both sides of several major city streets, including River Street from the Comeau Bridge to View Street.