Manchester's meters must be fed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tim Pappas of Manchester gets his parking pass in downtown Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Under new parking rules, which will likely come up for a final vote at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting next week, meters will be enforced from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout downtown, from Harrison Street to the north, Valley Street to the south, Canal Street to the west and Union Street to the east.
One of those businesses is the North End Framers Market, a frame shop and gallery on Elm Street near the intersection with Orange Street, a long block north of Bridge Street. If the new rules are approved, the area will see meter enforcement extended from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“Maybe if they fixed our sidewalks,” she said. “We have no Christmas decorations up here, no planters. We should get everything, not just an increase in our parking.”
This, along with the extended meter enforcement in areas that are largely residential, is also a sore point for residents and patrons of downtown.
“There’s people living in apartments that are on fixed incomes,” Gagnon said, adding that he knew a disabled person that had just been issued two parking tickets in one day.
The parking ordinances have gone through several aldermanic committees and have received preliminary approval by the full board.
Speaking more broadly about the extended meter hours, Long said this was in keeping with the recommendations presented by a parking consultant three years ago.
The proposed ordinance changes are projected to generate an additional $500,000 a year in revenue for the city.
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