By Belle Hatfield
Yarmouth town council is taking another kick at the downtown parking can. A special meeting of the committee of the whole has been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m.
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The smoldering issue flared again in October when council in committee approved a motion to change its bylaws to exempt vehicles sporting out-of-province plates from fines for parking over the one or two hour limits in the downtown.
When it came to council, heeding the objections of Councillor Phil Mooney, council deferred first reading of the amendment, and opted instead to hold a special meeting.
The proposed amendment received unanimous approval at the committee of the whole meeting, held on Thursday, Oct. 24, but three of the seven councillors were not in attendance.
Councillor Phil Mooney laid down the gauntlet at a subsequent committee of the whole meeting, saying he’d been blindsided by the staff-generated amendment.
“I thought we’d put this to bed,” he said of the continuing debate over parking time limits in the downtown. He failed in a bid earlier this year to throw out parking time restrictions on the streets and in downtown lots.
At the meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, it was the unanimous decision of council that the matter needs a more thorough airing than could be given during a regular council meeting.
Parking in downtown parking lots is now limited to two hours and to one hour on the streets. By practice, there are no fines issued in December.