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Time to start thinking alternate side parking (10/21/2012)
By Emily Buss
This week marks the last full week in October. And with November right around the corner, residents should be preparing for Alternate Side Parking season. Even streets, odd days, enforcement times: it can be a bit confusing. The good news is that recent changes to the city’s Alternate Side Parking ordinance give residents an extra two weeks to brush up on the rules.

In April, the Winona City Council unanimously voted to change the alternate side parking season to begin on November 15, and end March 15. The enforcement time will be 12:01 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. It was previously 1 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

The change will allow the Winona City Street Department to have more time during the night to clear the street of leaves, plow downtown earlier, and get to every residential street.

“The current schedule we had was just too short,” said Mike Biggerstaff, department superintendent. “We just can’t plow the entire city in that amount of time. This will allow us to get an early start and get to our last routes.”

How it works

All vehicles in designated alternate side parking areas must be on a specific side of the street between the hours of 12:01 a.m and 6:30 a.m. The side of the street the vehicle is parked on is determined by the date at 12:01 a.m. On odd-numbered days, residents are to park on the side of the street with odd-numbered houses. On even-numbered days, residents are to park on the even-numbered side of the street.

For example, if it is 12:01 a.m. or later on November 15, all vehicles should be parked on the odd side of the street. On November 16, they must park on the even side.

Downtown areas with diagonal parking are exempt from the ordinance, but business owners are responsible for clearing the snow on the sidewalks and parking spaces.

The Alternate Side Parking ordinance is in effect for the entire four-month season, and the Winona Police Department will begin issuing $25 tickets to anyone not in compliance beginning at 12:01 a.m. on November 15.

Last winter, officers issued more than 2,300 alternate side parking tickets to residents.

Winona Mayor Jerry Miller said the changes are on a trial basis this winter and it will be up to the incoming council and mayor to decide if the changes will become permanent.

For more information about the Alternate Side Parking ordinance, visit the City of Winona website, www.cityofwinona-mn.com/. 


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