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Update to traffic ordinance brings town closer to start of Fort Williams pay/display parking

The Town Council on June 10, 2019 approved updates to the traffic ordinance that allow enforcement by a third party, effectively the last step before implementation of a pay-and-display parking program at Fort Williams Park.

The program was adopted May 13 pending the traffic updates and negotiation of a contract with Unified Parking Partners of Portland. Town Manager Mattew Sturgis reported that negotiations are moving forward, with anticipated start of the program in July.

In addition to granting third-party agents authority to ticket and to collect fines for non-compliance, the ordinance revisions also simplify some of the language about late payment of fines. "We had talked quite a bit about how the Police Department will have to work with the agency that we use for parking enforcement at Fort Williams," said Councilor Valerie Randall, a member of the council's ordinance subcommittee. "We decided ... that it would just be smoother if we had a fee schedule that laid out what the fees would be, and how much they would be if they were x-number of days late," she said.

Under the program, 10 meters will be installed to collect fees to park in five premium areas of the park from May 1 to Nov. 1.

For a timeline of meetings, documents and other information about the 2019 Fort Williams Parking Fee proposal, please see our "Hot Topic" page