Following a public hearing on Wednesday, Provincetown selectmen approved several parking proposals. The proposals were presented by citizens, the town manager and the Provincetown Parking Department.
Nine different citizen proposals were considered. Of the nine, only one was approved. That proposal was made by Howard Berman who suggested that the maximum speed posted on Conwell Street be set at 20 mph for the entire stretch of the road and that enforcement on the road be increased.
Five of the seven proposals made by the town manager and the Provincetown Parking Department were approved. The first of the proposals established a policy that vehicles would only be towed for street sweeping violations after multiple violations. First and second offenders will not be towed.
Increases were approved for 18 parking violation fines. Group A fines including meter violations and parking in a loading zone increased from $25 to $35. Although you won't be towed for first or second street sweep violations, those fines jumped $75 from $25 to $100. Group B fines such as fire lane and obstructing a crosswalk doubled from $50 to $100. Violation of handicapped parking under Group C were all increased $50 from $100 to $150.
An annual parking permit for boats and trailers was established and the town manager's suggestion to designate a spot in the Ryder Street lot for "Town Hall Business Only" was also approved. Several changes were also made to the town's parking and traffic regulations as pertain to taxi cabs and sightseeing tour vehicles.