By Carol McCracken (Post # 682)
Portland has called a citywide parking ban beginning tonight at 10 pm and ending at 6 am tomorrow morning, January 13th. The parking ban has been declared so that Public Services crews can clear and remove snow from today’s storm. The city asks residents whose trash collection day is Thursday to wait until tomorrow morning, 6:30 am before placing trash and recycling at the curb for pick-up.
Vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner’s expense (tow fee – $70. impound fee – $35. ticket cost – $30 and all outstanding tickets must be paid; vehicles not claimed within 24 hours will be charged $25 a day). Vehicles will be towed to the city’s impound lot located at the International Marine Terminal on Commercial Street (phone number is 774-3025).
There are a number of places people can park at no charge during a parking ban. The most convenient for Hill residents is Cutter Streeet lots (off the Eastern Prom). Also the lot across the street from the International Marine Terminal on Commercial Street. Many parking garages in the area are open for parking bans at reduced rates – check with individual garages for rates and hours. For a complete list of city-owned and privately operated parking garages, visit the city’s website at htt://www.portlandmaine.gov/parking/offstreet.asp
Vehicles can begin to park in these designated areas at 5 pm tonight. Vehicles must be moved from the city lots by 7 am tomorrow morning.
Residents and visitors to the city can sign up online at www.portlandmaine.gov to receive email notices from the city when a city-wide parking ban is implemented. People can also get parking ban updates by either becoming a fan of Portland Cityline on Facebook or a follower of PortlandCitylin on Twiter. People can call the parking ban hotline at 879-0300 or check the Time and Temperature sign for up-to-date postings.