Gravenhurst council addressed mutliple parking issues at their final council meeting ahead of the upcoming municipal elections.
A motion was passed instructing Town administration and council to research and present a new by-law for Glen Echo Landing, which will continue ticketing, but allow for the development of tow-away zones.
The motion, put forth by Coun. Pilger, stated that it was in response to “constituents expressing concerns of impacts to emergency vehicles, blocked private driveways and overall perceived dangerous conditions.”
In discussion, Coun. Pilger said that currently, “there’s not enough of a deterrent to people to stop , it’s just a minor ticket. If they get towed, it might help.”
Coun. Morphy said that from Monday to Friday, there is “basically a line-up of contractors, launching to go work on islands and it’s causing residents a lot of worry that emergency services can’t get through. It says ‘fire route, no parking’ but they park there daily and you do see them being ticketed daily. By-law officers are doing their job, but they need a heavier tool,” explaining that even if a contractor is ticketed, it is still more worthwhile to accept that they will pay a fine and go to the job site.
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