Stockbridge working to implement parking ordinance

STOCKBRIDGE — The city of Stockbridge is looking at ways it can implement its street parking ordinance.

The City Council looked at a schedule to implement the ordinance at its Monday meeting. Implementation is expected to be completed by June 1.

By Feb. 15, the city will have an inventory of all roads impacted by the Stockbridge parking ordinance, as prepared by the director of public works.

Around that same time, the city’s department of public works and planning will identify the number of signs needed, their locations and cost. Public works will begin purchasing signage around Feb. 26, and signs will be posted around March 15.

The city will then conduct an RFP for a licensed towing service, specifically for the removal of vehicles from any street where parking is restricted, given that the correct signage is installed.

Camilla Moore, Stockbridge assistant city manager, said that RFP will be out by the end of the week and should be completed by the start of March.

Warning citations will be issued in the month of March, and vehicles will start to be towed April 1. The warning citations will not stick to vehicles, but will rather be placed on the windshield wipers of vehicles.

Elton Alexander, Stockbridge city councilman, said subdivisions and homeowners associations have the capability right now to call for vehicles to be towed.

The parking ordinance restricts parking based on street width from curb to curb.

For streets less than 27 feet wide, no parking is allowed on the street without a permit, and parking is allowed only on the left side of the street with a permit issued by the city. For streets 28 feet to 34 feet wide, parking on the left side of the street is allowed without a permit, and for streets more than 34 feet wide, parking is allowed on both sides of the street without a permit.

For all streets, parking overnight is allowed with a permit, as well as special event parking from Monday through Thursday. Emergency waiver permits for medical reasons will be available on request.

Homes will receive two courtesy permits, and exemptions will be provided for trade workers performing work at a home.

Of note, holiday and weekend exemptions are provided to allow for parking on the left side of the street without a permit between 5 p.m. on Fridays and 3 a.m. Mondays.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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