City Council votes to approve new winter parking rules in Eau Claire

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Winter will soon be upon us and that means another round of trying to park while snowplows work to clear the streets.

But the Eau Claire City Council met on Tuesday to vote on potential changes to its alternate-side parking rules.

Since 2015, alternate side parking has only been used during a snow event, but local officials are looking to change that after several complaints from residents during last winter.

After record snowfalls last winter, the Eau Claire City Council is looking to institute nightly alternate side parking throughout the winter.

City council member Andrew Werthmann, says that while this method may help clear the streets, there should be a new fine system to lessen the burden on city residents.

Werthmann voted no on the measure but says he will bring forth a new amendment in the near future to restructure the fine system.

“My biggest concern is that we handed out many more tickets under the old system. In fact, in 2014 to 2015 we handed out 8,000, almost a quarter of a million dollars generated from it,” said Werhmann. “This is fees that people are paying who often times don’t have extra money to pay a fee.”

The city council voted 8 to 1 to approve the new measure which will institute alternate side parking from November 1 to May 1 during the hours of midnight to 7 a.m.

Werthmann says to keep an eye out for new fee reforms in the future.

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