City Council Meeting Tomorrow (Parking Fees on Agenda)

A neighbor (thank you, Brian) provided the following info:

“Just an FYI. On the City Council agenda for the March 20, 2018 meeting an ordinance change is being requested to increase the parking fees/fines as of July 1, 2018. I’m not sure if a hearing will take place or if the council will just vote on it at the meeting.”

After some digging, I found this, which offers the new rates under discussion, and which is part of the larger agenda for this meeting. For anyone interested in attending, here’s the info.

Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA

No one likes to have their fees go up, but the increases they’re talking about now look much more reasonable than the ones they were discussing earlier. The monthly pass card rates for the Leo Roy Garage given in the new ordinance are:
(1) Individual pass card: $87, market rate
(2) Pass cards, group billing (20 o r more): $71, 81% of market rate
(3) Residents of the central business district: $66, 75% of market rate
(4) Persons 62 years of age and over residing in downtown Lowell and handicapped or disabled persons residing in downtown Lowell shall pay $36 per space per month .

Parking Ban Effective at Midnight

To no one’s surprise, a parking ban has been declared because of the approaching storm.  If you’re parked in the surface lot, please be sure to move your car to one of the city garages ASAP or risk being towed. Any time the city bans on-street parking, the Canal Place Association bans parking in our surface lot as well to allow for plowing.

From the City of Lowell: “Snow Emergency/Parking ban declared March 12, 2018 at 2 P.M.  Ban shall take effect 10 hours later at 12 A.M. March 13, 2018.  No parking on city streets from 12 A.M. March 13, 2018 until ban lifted.  Vehicles parked in violation of ban subject to tow at owner’s expense.  Free parking available from 6 P.M. March 12, 2018 at Ayotte Garage, 1 Post Office Square, Downes garage, 75 John St., and Lower Locks, 90 Warren St.”

Parking Ban Effective at 4pm Today

A parking ban has been declared by the city because of today’s snowstorm.  If you have a car parked in the surface lot, please be sure to move it to one of the city garages before 4pm or risk being towed.  Certain garages have free parking for city residents during the ban but, unfortunately, not the Leo Roy Garage next door. More info can be found here.

Parking Ban in Effect as of 1:00 PM

Not surprisingly, there’s a parking ban currently in effect.  If your car is in the surface lot you need to move it to allow for plowing or risk getting towed.  Here’s the official word from the emergency alert system:

Parking Ban effective at 1PM February 7, 2018.  No parking on city streets from 1PM until Parking Ban is lifted.  Free parking beginning at 11AM at Ayotte, Downes and Lower Locks garages.  Residents will have two hours after ban is lifted to remove vehicles without cost.

Our garage isn’t one of the free ones listed but as of 15 minutes ago it was completely full anyway; only people with parking passes can get in.  That may change fairly quickly as more of the local workforce goes home because of the weather but be prepared to have to park elsewhere and walk a ways if you need to move your car.

Water Main Break & Parking Ban

There was a water main break around 11:00 this morning at the Lord Overpass over Dutton/Thorndike Street. The latest info I have says that  the up ramp from Thorndike Street to the Overpass is closed and that Appleton Street at the Overpass to Middlesex Street  (Shelter side) is closed. The police are asking people to avoid that area as much as possible.

Also, not surprisingly, a parking ban has been declared effective at midnight until further notice.  Please make sure to move your car from the surface lot before then or you risk being towed. Beginning at 7:00 this evening certain city garages have free parking for city residents; unfortunately, they don’t include the Leo Roy so those people who normally park in the surface lot will either have to pay or walk a ways.

The coming storm is supposed to be a doozy. Keep warm and stay safe!

Christmas Trees & A Reminder

For those in the building who have live Christmas trees, here’s the link for disposal info. Please be sure to wrap them up in an old sheet or plastic tarp to carry them out rather than trailing needles through the building. And, as with any large object, please use the freight elevator rather than the front one.

And a reminder: This website is run by a resident and does not operate in an official capacity (admittedly, web hosting is paid for by the Association but it comes out to under a buck a year per unit). I try to get useful info up in a timely fashion and I try to address glitches in the subscriber list but I sometimes miss stuff.

You can help by e-mailing me about parking restrictions, garage changes, local meetings, snow emergencies, or anything else of general interest that I may have missed. Also, please make sure that is in your address book so that notification e-mails from the Bulletin Board (hopefully) aren’t filtered out as spam. And finally, if you park in the surface lot, you need to watch for upcoming snow emergencies and parking bans and not depend on notifications from the Bulletin Board; I’m signed up with Lowell’s Notify Me but, useful as they are, they’re undependable—it was a neighbor who let me know about the Christmas Eve ban (thank you, Brian).

As always, it’s a pleasure being part of this community. Wishing you all a Happy New Year and the best for 2018!

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