With winter now here, snowfall—and snow removal—will be a fact of life in the coming months.
And for those who have to park their vehicles on the street overnight, they should pay close attention to parking restrictions.
Some streets have signage indicating “No parking-snow removal” from 2 a.m-8 a.m. between Nov. 1-April 1 while other streets have calendar parking in effect, meaning you only can park on certain sides of the street depending on whether it is an even or odd day.
While calendar parking is enforced year-round, on-street parking becomes even more of an issue after the snow falls and plowing needs to get done, or during the Christmas season, when many people are entertaining more guests than their driveway can handle.
But exactly how does it work, and how can one avoid getting tickets if they have to park overnight?
Bylaw enforcement officer Arlene Byrnes clarified the definition of whether it is an odd or even day, in terms of the bylaw, which runs on a 9 a.m.-9 a.m. schedule.
For example, if the date is Dec. 4 (an even day), you can park on the side of the street that allows even day parking from 9 a.m. that day until 9 a.m. on Dec. 5.
After that, the bylaw department considers it to be an odd day and you’ll have to move your vehicle to the other side of the street.
“That’s so you don’t have to go out at midnight and move your vehicle over,” noted Byrnes.
Both town bylaw officers and OPP officers are empowered to write parking tickets.
In other bylaw department news, Byrnes said bear reports came to a halt several weeks ago, noting the last one came in Nov. 12.
“[Nov. 12 is] kind of late,” she admitted. “But there’s been nothing since.
“They’ve gone to bed now,” she remarked.
A total of 37 sightings were reported in town this year—three less than last year.
And much in line with last year, September was the busiest month with 14 sightings.
One bruin within town limits had to be immobilized and relocated while another one was live-trapped and relocated.