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Selectmen pass new parking regulations


May 19, 2010
The Board of Selectmen approved newly revised parking regulations that combine several existing ordinances at its meeting Wednesday night.

"Working with other department managers, we have done some housekeeping, compiling five ordinances into one document," said Town Administrator Scott Dunn.

Dunn said he pulled out Town Beach and Glendale parking regulations along with other regulations and incorporated them with various state law regulations, which are now integrated along with the municipal regulations.

This way, the Gilford Police can enforce these regulations and issue tickets to those in violation of the ordinance, including violations such as parking on the sidewalk, within an intersection or 30 feet of a curb, with the exception of momentarily picking up or dropping off a passenger, and parking on a crosswalk or 20 feet from a crosswalk at an intersection, with the same exception.

Drivers must also avoid violations such as parking by excavation or construction work, on or 50-feet from railroad tracks, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, or on the wrong side of the road.

Dunn said one major change includes increasing the minimum parking fine from $10 to $50.

"These are the same numbers as the Glendale ordinance and the Town Beach … to discourage people from parking there," said Dunn.

Although the fines are consistent with others, Selectman John O'Brien said he wasn't sure if he felt 100 percent comfortable with the noticeable increase.

"In today's economy, do we really want to go with a five-fold increase? It's a big jump," said O'Brien. "That's one question in my mind."

O'Brien also asked if there was any discussion of "No Idol" zones in the ordinance since this tends to be a problem in public places, when cars park in front of stores and can block other cars, pedestrians, or fumes could even leak into the building.

Dunn said parking in a "No Idol" zone is already a violation of the ordinance, but the issue had not been discussed within these particular regulations, since a ticket would be the proper punishment for this existing violation either way.

Discussion went smoothly while reviewing the rest of the ordinance, since no members from the public wished to speak on or argue the matter.

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