With the change of seasons in Winona comes an expected, yet sometimes confusing, change in parking rules throughout town. At 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning, the city’s Alternate Side Parking ordinance took effect for another season.
Even though residents and college students had two extra weeks to prepare for the winter parking season, Winona police officers still wrote 557 tickets in the first two days the ordinance was in effect. A majority of the tickets issued were in the vicinity of the Winona State University campus.
The Alternate Side Parking ordinance language was modified in April 2012 to change the season starting date to November 15, ending March 15. The enforcement time is now from 12:01 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
The Winona City Council unanimously voted to approve the changes, which will give the city’s street department more time during the night to clear streets of leaves and to plow downtown sooner after a snowfall.
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 should be 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 19, all vehicles should be parked on the odd side of the street. On November 20, they must be parked on the even side.
Downtown areas with diagonal parking are exempt from the ordinance, but business owners on those streets are responsible for clearing the snow on the sidewalks and parking spaces.
Municipal parking lots are also part of the ordinance. Vehicles may be parked in lot 1 on even-numbered days and lot 3 on odd-numbered days.
The Alternate Side Parking ordinance is in effect for the entire four-month season, and the Winona Police Department will issue $25 tickets to anyone not in compliance.
Last winter, officers issued more than 2,300 alternate side parking tickets to residents. 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.