Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
Haverhill:Council Votes for Mayor's Parking Plan
By a vote of 6-3, the City council tonight voted for the Mayor's parking plan, the fourth plan which has been presented to them.
Unlike previous plans, this parking plan did not recommend charging for parking in the downtown.
Voting for the plan were Councilors Hart, Hall, Daley-O'Brien, Scatamacchia, McGonagle, and Quimby.Voting no were councilors Macek, Donahue and Ryan.
The plan called for two hour free parking on Washington and Wingate Streets, free parking in the lots, and strict enforcement with civilian ticket takers. Several councilors objected to the civilian ticket takers.Councilor David Hall, a former police officer, made and impassioned plea for civilians, pointing out that using police officers was three times more expensive.
Mayor James J. Fiorentini, who has struggled to get a parking plan through the council for years, called it "a victory which breaks the stalemate" and pledged to more immediately to implement the portions of the plan which do not require new ordinances.
Fiorentini also praised the parking commission, and said "their hard work and dedication made tonight's stalemate breaking vote possible."
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