The City Treasurer is hereby empowered, with the approval of the Mayor, to contract, in accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 40, as amended by Chapter 442 of the Acts of 1947, for the acquisition and installation of parking meters provided for by this article and to maintain said meters in good working condition.
The City Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to install parking meters within the areas described in this article or to cause the same to be so installed. The meters shall be placed at intervals of not less than 20 feet apart and not less than 12 inches nor more than 24 inches from the face of the curb adjacent to individual meter spaces. Meters shall be so constructed as to display a signal showing legal parking upon the deposit therein of the proper coin or coins of the United States as indicated by instruction on said meters and for such period of time as is or shall be indicated by instructions hereof. Such signal shall remain in evidence until expiration of the parking period designated, at which time a dropping of a signal automatically or some other mechanic operation shall indicate expiration of said parking period. The City Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to establish parking meter spaces, in such parking meter zones as are herein specified, or as may hereafter be fixed by ordinance, and to indicate the same by white markings upon the surface of the highway.
Whenever any vehicle shall be parked adjacent to a parking meter, the owner or operator of said vehicle shall park within the space designated by street marking lines and, upon entering such space, shall immediately deposit in said meter the required coin of the United States for the maximum legal parking period as indicated or shown on the meter and, if so required, set the mechanism in motion.
The fee for the maximum time shall be $0.25 per 1/2 hour, two-hour maximum, except at thirty-minute meters.
[6-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1369]
It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited in a parking meter any coin for the purpose of permitting the vehicle of which he is in charge to remain in a parking space beyond the maximum period of time allowed in a particular zone.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle within a parking meter space unless such vehicle is wholly within the painted lines adjacent to such meter.
It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to tamper with, break, injure or destroy any parking meter or to deposit or cause to be deposited in such meter any slug, device or metallic substance or any other substitute for the coins required or any mutilated coin that will interfere with the operation of any parking meter.
Operators of commercial vehicles, taxicabs and delivery vehicles may park in a metered space without depositing a coin for a period not to exceed 15 minutes for the purpose of loading or unloading. Parking in excess of this time limit shall be deemed a violation of the provisions of this article.
[6-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1369]
The City Treasurer of the City of Gardner is hereby designated as the person authorized to collect moneys deposited in parking meters or to cause the same to be collected. Such moneys shall be deposited forthwith with the City Treasurer in a separate account to be known as the "Gardner Parking Meter Account."
[12-17-1984 by Ord. No. 854]
[6-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1369; amended by 9-21-2009 by Ord. No. 1498; 9-21-2009 by Ord. No. 1499; 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563; 12-5-2016 by Ord. No. 1595; 5-15-2017 by Ord. No. 1602]
No person shall park a vehicle for a period of time longer than three hours between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at any metered location on the streets or portions thereof listed below. This restriction shall not apply on Sundays or during the hours of legal holidays during which business establishments are required by law to remain closed.
The actual location of meters to be placed within the above locations shall be designated and may from time to time be changed by vote of the City Council Public Safety Committee.
Editor’s Note: Former § 600-19, Thirty-minute parking meters, 6-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1369, as amended, was repealed 12-5-2016 by Ord. No. 1595.
The maximum fee shall be $0.25 for 1/2 hour. All meters shall be set for a two-hour limit:
[Amended 6-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1369; 11-17-2008]
George Sweeney Park: all metered spaces.
The public parking lots and areas presently existing, and any such parking lots or areas that may be established hereafter, shall be under the jurisdiction of the Director of Public Works in matters of construction, repair, snow removal or snowplowing (private contract or City operation), sweeping, painting lines and erecting signs as needed.
In the matter of tagging and policing, towing of vehicles improperly parked in said lots or areas, the Police Department shall have full jurisdiction.
[Amended 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 1455]
No vehicle or trailer, registered or unregistered or abandoned, shall be left in any lot for more than 24 hours at any time of the year without approval of the Police Department. Any vehicle so left in said lots or areas shall be tagged or towed by the Police Department.
No person shall park a vehicle or trailer on the westerly side of said West Street Parking Lot from West Street northerly for a distance of 75 feet.
No person, except City Hall employees, shall park or stand any vehicle or trailer in those areas designated as "City Hall Employee Parking Only" from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, holidays excluded. No general overnight parking shall be allowed. Permits for such City Hall employee parking shall be issued to each City Hall employee by the Purchasing Agent/Civil Enforcement Director. Such permit shall be affixed to the right rear corner of the rear window of each vehicle registered to such employee. When a vehicle bearing such permit is sold or transferred to any other person, such permit shall be immediately removed and returned to the Purchasing Agent/Civil Enforcement Director. Any vehicle parked in violation of this subsection shall be tagged and/or towed. The Police Department shall be the enforcing authority. An area shall further be designated for parking of "Municipal Vehicles Only" within the confines of the City Hall Employee Parking Lot. Any municipal vehicle shall be permitted to park in such designated area but shall be prohibited from parking in "City Hall Employee Parking Only" areas.
[Amended 9-18-2006 by Ord. No. 1438; 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
The following area shall be designated as "City Hall Employee Parking Only":
City Hall Parking Lot North: the paved area parallel between U.S. Postal Service property and the north side of Perry Auditorium.
City Hall Parking Lot South: the paved area on the south side of Perry Auditorium, west side 233 feet south of Perry Auditorium, and east side 188 feet south of Perry Auditorium, to include the north and south sides of the upper paved area west of the City Hall Annex, but not including the center parking area of the Knowlton Street Parking Lot.
No person shall park any vehicle or trailer in any municipal lot when the parking of said vehicle or trailer cannot be contained within one parking space.