A Watertown man has started an online petition seeking to end, or at least alter, the town’s winter parking ban.
Baylor Bennett put the petition on Change.org asking the Town Council and officials in charge of parking to end the ban that lasts from after Thanksgiving to the end of March.
“No matter what the weather conditions there is no overnight street parking in the City of Watertown from late November to the first of April. This rule forces property owners and landlords to accommodate all vehicles on their property for four months out of the year,” Bennett wrote in the petition.
He argues that bigger communities of Cambridge and Somerville do not have a permanent ban, and only ban people from parking on one side of the street during snow storms.
In the past, Watertown Public Works officials argued the ban is needed to make sure snow and ice can be removed from Watertown’s streets to allow fire trucks and other emergency vehicles to get through. Residents who do not have off-street parking must park in municipal lots, or find some other place to park during the winter months.
Bennett writes that not only would the end of the ban make it easier on those who have cars, but it would mean less space would need to be devoted to parking on Watertown properties.
The petition can be found here.