On August 2 the Wilmington Selectboard adopted a new traffic ordinance for the town. Part of that ordinance prohibits overnight parking (2 am to 6 am) between November 15 and April 15 in the two municipal lots downtown.
There is already a 24-hour time limit on parking in these lots and there is a ban on street parking during these same times.
There are a number of people who live in apartments downtown who have no other place to park. There are also people who have to work down there after 2 am or before 6 am. All of these people will be hurt by this ban.
It’s understandable that the town would like to ease snow removal operations. Some other options, aside from a blanket ban on parking have been suggested, though, and should be discussed.
A special town meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, at 7 pm, at the Twin Valley Elementary School. The purpose of this meeting is to give the voters of Wilmington the chance to decide whether the ordinance should stand or if it should be put aside to allow time for discussion and a chance to come up with a more reasonable, and fair, plan.
If you feel, as I do, that more thought should be put into this please be sure to attend the meeting. This is the only item on the agenda so it should be a short meeting.