Wilton parking ordinance updated, adopted

WILTON – After lengthy discussions with many of the Main Street merchants, the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Aug. 4, adopted new parking rules for Main Street. After deciding to incorporate the current winter parking ban into the wording, the board approved a proposal presented by Selectman Kermit Williams to amend Article III of the parking ordinance.

Under the new rules, there is unrestricted parking on Main Street from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Except for two places, the two-hour limit has been removed.

Four slots between the crosswalks across from the town hall will be limited to one hour, and two spaces in front of No. 155 will be for 30 minutes. All restricted parking places will have new signs. Restrictions are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As now, if the winter parking ban is in effect, there will be no parking between midnight and 6 a.m. to allow the Public Works Department to clear the street of snow.

The changes were suggested by theater owner Dennis Markaverich and operators of restaurants and other stores who said a two-hour limit kept out of town people from coming for dinner and a movie. The half-hour limit in the middle of the street, and the two-hour limit on the rest was “confusing,” they said.

The new ordinance is a compromise.

Williams said they had “discussed sever alternatives,” including using portable signs, but found those to be “unwieldly.”

Parking on Main Street has “always been a “mine field,” Police Chief Brent Hautanen said. “It is very difficult to enforce. Some (merchants) want strict enforcement, some none.”

Town Treasurer Jerry Greene wondered by people couldn’t park all night in town lots.

“It becomes residential parking,” Hautanen said. “Broken down cars are left.”

As now, late night musical events will be accommodated in the winter as weather permits.