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December 26. 2013 9:29PM

Nashua begins issuing Tree Streets parking permits

NASHUA — Starting this week, residents in the Tree Streets neighborhood may register to receive special parking permits as part of the city’s new pilot program to allow overnight parking on select downtown roads.

A maximum of 400 parking permits will be issued, according to City Clerk Paul Bergeron, who said the permits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible residents.

“We have issued about 15 so far,” Bergeron said on Thursday morning. “I think once we get past the holiday season, I expect to see more people in here to register.”

The Board of Aldermen recently adopted the pilot program, which will enable overnight parking on a portion of 22 downtown streets for the next year. Without a permit, overnight parking of more than two hours is banned along any public roadway in the city.

It is difficult to predict how many permits will be issued, but Bergeron said the registration period will remain open until the maximum number of 400 permits is distributed — even if that doesn’t happen until summer.

“If we still have permits available in July, we will still issue them,” he said.

Permits are $10 each and will expire on Dec. 31, 2014.

In order to obtain an overnight parking permit, qualified residents must bring into Nashua City Hall a current New Hampshire vehicle registration certificate or proof of the vehicle’s insurance at the city residence, in addition to one of the following documents to prove residency: valid certificate of title, title application that is not marked “non-resident,” lease or rental agreement, notarized letter from landlord at the address provided, mortgage statement, any current utility bill, property tax bill, government check, payroll check, payroll document or employment contract with the address provided.

The pilot program will enable on-street parking between midnight and 6 a.m. on a portion of the following roads: Ash, Beech, Buck, Cedar, Central, Chestnut, Elm, Fletcher, Green, Hanover, Kinsley, Oak, Palm, Pierce, Pine, Pleasant, Vine, Walnut, West Hollis, West Pearl and Wilder streets, in addition to residents at 13 Main St.

Bergeron stressed that overnight parking spaces are not reserved, and that permit holders may park in any space designated as an overnight parking area. Permits will not be issued for commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles or boats.

Permits must be applied to the vehicle’s window, and are not transferable to other vehicles, Bergeron said. During declared snow emergencies, parking is still prohibited.

Eligible residents may call the Nashua City Clerk’s office at 589-3010 for more information or visit Nashua City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to obtain a permit.

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