New parking kiosks in effect at 2 lots

New parking meter at Russell Common lot

The town website reports that starting Tuesday, Oct. 27, the new parking kiosks in the Russell Common and Water Street lots will be in effect.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Please pay at the pay station and place the receipt on your vehicle's dashboard.

The rates are 50 cents an hour, with no time limit within the hours of operation. Overnight parking requires a special permit that can be purchased at the Treasurer's Office.

The pay stations will accept quarters, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit/debit cards. Note that there is a $1 minimum with the use of any credit or debit card.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support these changes, among others.

For questions, contact the parking clerk at 781-316-3030.

Oct. 1, 2015: Early steps to change Center parking taking shape 

Key links in Center parking study

June 30, 2015: Town parking meters suspended
Oct. 8, 2014: Fresh focus on Center parking draws unanimous selectmen support
Nelson\Nygaard final report
April 9, 2014: Variety of fixes proposed
The project summary presented April 7 (town website)
Full report following the March 5 presentation (town website)

An estimated 30 business people met the morning of Thursday, Feb. 27, in a session that participants termed "good." Chapdelaine's April 3 memo says that "response to the preliminary recommendations thus far has been largely positive, including feedback from the merchants."

Jan. 9, 2014, presentation (town website)

To see some ways that Nelson Nygaard has addressed parking issues in other communities, including Medford and Salem, read Jacobson’s 2011 report titled "Parking Management: A Key to Revitalizing Massachusetts Downtowns."

This story announcement was published Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.