Danvers Ends Winter Parking Ban - Should Marblehead?

The town of Danvers ended a winter parking ban Tuesday that dates back more than 40 years. Should Marblehead follow suit?

Residents will now being able to park on Danvers streets overnight this winter unless a snowstorm is approaching.

That was the decision made Tuesday night by the Board of Selectmen in Danvers, which unanimously voted to change a town policy that has existed for more than 40 years banning overnight parking between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the winter.

Meaning that beginning Jan. 1, Danvers' ban will only go into place when a snowstorm is forecasted to drop snow and will still apply only to the hours of 1-6 a.m.

So, we have to ask - should the town Marblehead make changes to its current winter parking policy?

Would you consider a blue light emergency warning system similar to one that was recently-implemented in Peabody?

The winter parking ban will continue until April 15. No parking will be allowed on any street for a period longer than one hour between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m.

Let us know how you feel in the comments section below.

Drew December 05, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Bravo to Danvers. It only makes sense to ban parking when a storm is approaching and if there is a large accumulation, especially in old town. It is understandable that a fire truck would have a very difficult time maneuvering down Front street and other streets with the combination of parked cars and snow piles. It should be decided storm by storm, not for the entire winter.
sue December 05, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Why not watch Danvers for a year see what the high way thinks after a snow storm,
John Buba December 05, 2012 at 05:48 PM
If we were in court the statement would be " Objection your Honor: asked and answered." Of course we should do away with the parking ban. Contrary to popular belief it is NOT a significant source of town revenue and the cops HATE to write the tickets, especially when it is clear and snow free. There are numerous ways to make this work but out Selectmen are either incapable or unwilling to do the necessary leg work to implement this. (I know, let’s pass an override to fund it and then the Selectmen will jump on board – they love overrides!) My comments earlier show how this can be revenue neutral and beneficial to the town (i.e. sell parking stickers to cover the implementation costs and let people with stickers park in public lots during the ban. They have already paid for the parking to be built with their taxes they ought to be able to use it.) Certain streets could be declared non-parking all winter to satisfy some folks who believe their street is just to narrow. Also for certain streets the emergency ban can stay in place until the snow melts or is taken away.
Missy Scarlet December 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Agreed on all counts. This ban is not necessary: if you are capable of owning and driving a vehicle, you certainly should know when snow is coming and get said vehicle off the road. Yes, some cars will have to be towed, but some cars already have to be towed-no bylaw is going to change that. And it makes sense that some streets might be non-parking all winter. I really don't think this is beyond us to figure out a way to make it work.
Walter Horan December 05, 2012 at 08:45 PM
John; I notice that you often" take shots "at our Selectmen. Sometimes with good ideas like this one. I agree with the Danvers plan and with your refinements. But, I wonder why you don't run for Selectman?
MHH101 December 05, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This is a safety issue. Danvers does not have the density and narrow streets as in Marblehead. If the snow can't be properly removed, our streets will just grow more narrow and unsafe throughout the winter. The safety of the town's people and infrastructure trumps those who do not have parking. Either secure parking or move to Danvers.
nick December 05, 2012 at 10:28 PM
John, I agree with Walter. Why don't you run for selectman?
John Buba December 05, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Sounds like you have a parking space and don't care about the others. (So do I but I do care about the others.) If it is ok to park in the summer and there is no safety issue, then in the winter when there is no snow on the ground it must be safe to park - right? So if there is snow on the ground and certain streets are not safe then the parking ban can continue for just these streets until the snow is gone. Why do you only support a one size fits all solution - I just don't get it?
John Buba December 05, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Nick and Walter I was on the Fincom - I joined to help the town with its finances, but soon found myself as usually the lone dissenter fighting against increases in taxes without looking at spending first. The FINCOM is supposed to serve as a check and balance on the town budget. But as a group they believe that taxes are not high enough. One budget session I did not support raises for all town employees UNLESS it could be shown that we would not need an override during the term of the contract to fund the raises; neither the Selectmen nor the town administrator would produce such info so I said NO to the raises. Well that was it for my “term” on the Fincom - the Selectmen chose not to reappoint me. I also help lead the fight against Pay to Throw which the Selectmen wanted. As a lone selectman especially with the bunch we have there today it would just be another futile effort. The current team of Selectmen believes their job is to get as much money out of the citizens as possible - they think that we don't pay enough taxes too. So being the lone voice for fiscal restraint is just an exercise in frustration with little chance of success. Now, if both of you want to run too so we can get a majority of the board (3 out of 5), that might be a different story.
Anne Tassel December 06, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Absolutely, as long as we implement the blue light emergency system, it should be fine.
mary p. ayer December 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM


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