Eau Claire (WQOW) — You can expect stricter parking restrictions in Eau Claire this winter.
On Tuesday, the Eau Claire City Council approved a return to the city’s old alternate side parking rules.
In 2014, the city passed the current ordinance which required the Community Services Department to issue a snow event notice. Once declared, alternate-side parking was in effect between midnight and 5 p.m. for 72 hours.
Five years later, council members voted 8-1 to return to the old parking rules.
Now, alternate-side parking will be in effect every day from November 1 through May 1. However, those dates will be flexible depending on the year’s snowfall. That means all the start and end dates could be delayed or extended based on the weather.
Andrew Werthmann was the only council member to vote against the rules change. He didn’t support the ordinance because he said most of the tickets seem to be handed out in older neighborhoods where people have lower incomes.
“Oftentimes, for a student or for many of our community, $30 could be their grocery bill for the week,” Werthmann said. “To me, that seems much too heavy-handed for what we’re trying to do, which is make sure our streets are clear.”
Councilmembers said the changes will give police enough time to warn drivers before the implementation, as well as give the city extra time to complete fall and spring sweeping operations.