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RACINE ⏤ A planned change to city of Racine winter parking restrictions isn’t taking place.

Instead, the city will continue to enforce the current winter parking restrictions for the 2020-2021 winter season. Those restrictions run from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. during snow emergencies.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) had proposed extending the parking restriction from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 2021 budget.

Officials expected the move to save about $60,000 in overtime costs. They believed it would also give DPW drivers, who sometimes work 12- to 18-hour shifts, the opportunity to get some sleep before continuing snow and ice removal work on a regular day shift.  

Because of the budget impact, part of the budget process included the ordinance change. After the budget’s adoption, the city publicized the ordinance change to go into effect starting Dec. 1.

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Resident calls cancel new restrictions

However, Mayor Cory Mason’s office immediately got calls from residents asking why the lengthier parking restrictions were in place every day, not just during snow emergencies. 

“It was not my intent to have that be the case. I believed we were only implementing this during snow and ice operations or snow emergencies; however, the ordinance was not drafted to reflect that,” Mason said in a news release.

In investigating, officials discovered the Racine Common Council approved the new budget, but not the proposed winter parking ordinance. As a result, the city decided to leave the 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. winter parking restrictions in place. 

“To avoid any further confusion, we will not look to change those restrictions for at least the remainder of the winter season,” the mayor added.

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