The City of North Battleford has announced it will start to ticket drivers violating the two-hour maximum parking restrictions downtown starting July 23.
The city recently installed signage indicating free, two-hour maximum on-street parking is permitted on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
According to the city, downtown off-street public parking lots on the 1000 block of 101 Street are free and limited to two hours from Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
People violating the parking limits will be fined, according to the city's bylaw.
"The city's been doing a lot to educate the public downtown," Mayor Ryan Bater said. "I haven't heard anything since those signs went up. But I know the planning and development department has had a lot of communication and outreach with property owners and employees downtown to ensure everybody knows the appropriate places to park. We're all in the same boat in terms of wanting customers and visitors downtown to be able to find convenient parking."
He said the downtown restrictions are part of a broader parking strategy that was part of the city's parking master plan presented to council last year.
"Once the enforcement begins, people and property owners will have had several weeks to adjust their parking strategies," Bater said.
According to the city's release, the planning and development department is advising any residents or businesses that may require all-day parking downtown to contact Jennifer Niesink, director of the city's planning and development department.
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