[Amended 9-17-2001 by Ord. No. 1353; 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 1455]
No person shall stand or park any vehicle, registered or unregistered, in any street, way, highway, roadway or parkway under the control of the City of Gardner, and no person shall allow, permit or suffer any vehicles registered in his name to stand or park in any street, way, highway, road or parkway under the control of the City of Gardner, in violation of any of the traffic rules, ordinances and orders adopted by the City Council, and in particular in any of the following places, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the direction of a police officer or traffic sign or signal. Vehicles found violating any of the provisions of this section may be moved by or under the direction of an officer, at the expense of the owner, to a place where parking is allowed.
Within an intersection, except in those areas where installation of parking meters has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Highway Division.
Upon any sidewalk.
Upon any crosswalk.
Upon a roadway where parking is permitted unless both wheels on the right of the vehicle are within 12 inches of the curb or edge of the roadway, except upon those streets which are designated as one-way streets; on such one-way streets, vehicles shall be parked in the direction in which said vehicle is moving and with both wheels within 12 inches of the curb. This shall not apply to streets or parts of streets where angle parking is required by these regulations.
Upon any roadway where the parking of a vehicle will not leave a clear and unobstructed lane at least 10 feet wide for passing traffic.
Upon any street or highway within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
In front of any private road or driveway.
Upon any street or highway within 20 feet of an intersection or intersecting way, except alleys.
Within 15 feet of a wall of a fire station or directly across the street from such station, provided that signs are erected acquainting the driver with such restriction.
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street in such a manner as to constitute double-line or multiple-line parking.
Adjacent to any center division strip or island placed upon or being a part of a public way.
On bridges and approaches thereon where these are designated by standard signs.
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 1-A of Art. VI, which dealt with a portion of the parking area on the north side of the City Hall Auditorium, as amended 11-20-1972, was repealed 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563.
[Amended 3-18-2002; 2-2-2004 by Ord. No. 1399]
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563; 10-1-2018 by Ord. No. 1615]
The Mayor, or designee, after consultation with the Police Department and the Department of Public Works, may order a parking ban to be put in place and enforced by the Gardner Police Department.
During the parking ban, no vehicles will be permitted to park on any public way, highway or parking lot under the control of the City between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Notification to residents about the ban will occur by posting the information through social media, the City's emergency alert system, notification to the local newspaper and/or by any other technology deemed fit for this purpose.
The parking ban shall expire upon notice from the Mayor, or designee, stating the date and time that the ban will expire. The Mayor, or designee, may choose to issue this notice at a separate date and time from when the ban is declared.
There shall be no all-night parking at the following lots during this ban: Uptown Parking Lot.
[Amended 2-1-2010 by Ord. No. 1508]
At the prescribed lots, during the parking ban, designated overnight parking areas shall be properly signed and parking shall be allowed until 7:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted. No vehicle may park in a designated overnight parking area, in any municipal lot, during the overnight parking ban, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Any vehicle or trailer parking in violation of the above shall be tagged and/or towed by the Police Department. The following are designated areas:
[Amended 1-19-2016 by Ord. No. 1585; 2-1-2010 by Ord. No. 1508; 9-6-2011 by Ord. No. 1531; 10-1-2018 by Ord. No. 1615]
West Street: north side facing Franklin Court.
Knowlton Street: east side facing Pleasant Street (one lane).
Knowlton Street: from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., east side from the southerly point of entrance of the City Hall Annex driveway south 75 feet to the overnight parking area.
Pleasant Street: southerly boundary of lot (one lane).
Pleasant Street: northerly boundary of lot (one lane).
West Lynde Street Parking Lot South: 16 feet (two spaces) from the easterly corner of the southerly border of the lot then westerly the remaining distance (one lane).
West Lynde Street Parking North Lot: With the exception of the four parking spaces located outside of the enclosure, all City-designated parking spaces located in the lower level of the lot, except when the lot is posted for maintenance or weather-related cleanup. This lot is exempt from the 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. restriction on parking due to it being a covered lot.
George Sweeney Park: all spaces.
Prospect Street Parking Lot: all spaces along west boundary of lot.
Nichols Street Lot: west end running parallel to Nichols Street; east end running parallel to Connors Street.
Parking is prohibited on the following streets or parts thereof:
Upon the following streets or highways or parts thereof, parking is hereby prohibited. Vehicles found violating this section may be moved by or under the direction of a police officer and at the expense of the owner to a place where parking is allowed.
Commercial vehicles; trailers and campers.
No person shall park or stop a commercial vehicle of a capacity of over one ton or a tractor in any street or way in the City of Gardner for a period of time longer than one hour in any consecutive four hours, except when a vehicle is actively being used for the purpose of loading or unloading.
No person shall park a trailer or camper, unattached from the towing vehicle, upon any public way in the City of Gardner, and no person shall park any trailer or camper, attached to a towing vehicle, upon any public way in the City of Gardner for a period longer than four hours in any consecutive twenty-four-hour period. Landscaping vehicles/trailers, paving vehicles/trailers and other such contractor vehicles/trailers may park upon a public way while actively engaged in landscaping, paving, and other contractor labor where the parking of said vehicle/trailer does not impede the free flow of traffic and leaves at least 10 feet in the travel lane. No vehicle, trailer, or tractor described above may park at any time upon any sidewalk or crosswalk within the City of Gardner, whether engaged in labor or not.
[Added 9-6-2011 by Ord. No. 1531]
Thirty-minute parking. No person shall park a vehicle for a period of time longer than 30 minutes on the following described streets or parts thereof between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except on Sundays and holidays:
Nighttime parking. No person shall park a vehicle on the following described streets or parts thereof between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.:
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 3, One-hour parking, Sec. 3A, Fifteen-minute parking, Sec. 3C, Two-hour parking, Sec. 3D, Three-hour parking, and Sec. 3E, Five-minute parking, which were included in this section, as amended, were repealed 9-6-2011 by Ord. No. 1531.
[Added 6-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1369]
No person shall stop or stand any vehicle upon a public way in the City of Gardner within 1,000 feet of any school of said City between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on days when the public schools are in session for the purpose of selling or offering for sale any food, beverage, goods, wares or merchandise therein or therefrom.
This section, however, shall not prevent stopping of vehicles of hawkers or peddlers at dwelling houses for the purpose of selling goods, wares and merchandise to occupants thereof in accordance with MGL c. 101 and regulations made under authority thereof.
No person shall park or leave a vehicle unattended within the limits of a designated fire lane providing access for apparatus to any building. The City Council, in consultation with the Fire Chief, is hereby authorized to designate such lanes on any private way. The fine for violation of this section shall be $25 for the first and subsequent offenses, and the towing of said vehicle shall be at the owner's expense. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. The Police Department shall have authority to enforce this section.
The following are designated areas:
Heywood Hospital, 142 Green Street.
Gardner Fair Plaza, Pearson Boulevard.
Timpany Plaza, Timpany Boulevard.
WalMart Plaza, 677 Timpany Boulevard.
Eastwood Pines Nursing Home, 59 Eastwood Circle.
Wachusett Manor Nursing Home, 32 Hospital Hill Road.
First District Court, 103 Matthews Street.
Gardner High School, 200 Catherine Street.
Gardner Junior High School, 62 Waterford Street.
Elm Street School, 160 Elm Street.
Prospect Street School, 75 East Broadway.
H.M. Sauter School, 130 Elm Street.
Waterford Street School, 70 Waterford Street.
The Chief of Police shall determine upon what streets angle parking shall be permitted and shall mark or sign such street or cause the same to be signed or marked.
Upon the following streets or parts thereof which have been marked or signed for angle parking, vehicles shall be parked with one front wheel within 12 inches of the curb and at the angle to the curb indicated by such marks or official signs. The vehicle shall be parked wholly within the painted lanes provided.
[Amended 6-5-1995; 3-16-1998]
When a safety zone is so located in a way that the distance between it and the end of the curb of the roadway is less than 20 feet, no operator shall park a vehicle within 30 feet of any such safety zone.
No person shall park a vehicle other than a hackney carriage licensed by the City Council on the following streets:
It shall be unlawful for any person to park upon a street or highway any vehicle displayed for sale.
No person shall repair, wash, or clean vehicles or other conveyances or cause them to be repaired, washed, or cleaned or allow any material to be left or cause water, gas, oil, or any other liquid in or upon any public property owned or controlled by the City or any of its departments, boards or agencies as storage room for any vehicles, except in an emergency where temporary repairs may be made. Penalty shall be a fine of $50 for each offense. Each day or part thereof on which such violation exists shall consist of a separate offense.
Subsection A shall not be enforced to prohibit individuals from washing or cleaning their own vehicles on private property from April 1 through October 15; however, this section is not intended and shall not be interpreted as a waiver or in conflict with any applicable state regulations.
The provisions of this article shall not prevent the stopping of buses at approved bus stop locations nor the parking of taxicabs at designated taxicab stands.
[Added 9-21-2009 by Ord. No. 1498]
Upon the following streets or highways or parts thereof, parking is hereby prohibited except for vehicles operated by or used to transport physically handicapped persons: