Does Medford Need Regular Parking Enforcement?

The city is heading in this direction, what do you think? Is it necessary?

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The City of Medford is moving toward a regular parking-enforcement program.

The City Council has discussed such a program at recent meetings, and on Wednesday, Dec. 11, the council is holding a Committee of the Whole Meeting to “review and discuss the RFP (request for proposal) for the Parking Enforcement Program.”

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council Office, Room 2007 in City Hall. See agenda >> A regular council meeting will follow at 7 p.m. in City Hall’s Howard F. Alden Memorial Auditorium. See agenda >>

The council has invited Mayor Michael McGlynn, Director of Procurement Louise Miller, Budget Director Stephanie Burke and Police Chief Leo Sacco to the meeting.

What do you think? Does Medford need regular parking enforcement? Or are things fine as is?

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Cheryl R. December 10, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I don't think it would be a bad thing to ticket cars on the sidewalk, blocking crosswalks or in bus stops. Currently we don't do that, nor do we ticket in handicapped spots. But sadly, the MPD cars can often be seen parking in all those spots as well. Do we need to get a ticket for a few minutes over in a one hour spot? No.
Ron Swanson December 10, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Yes, enforce the rules so those who park in the square and then travel to Boston finally pay the price. Once that problem is resolved they can finally evaluate whether a parking garage is necessary.
Lou Azz December 11, 2013 at 07:15 AM
It's going to take more than "enforcement" .....commercial property owners and businesses have struggled for years - limited parking for clients and customers. The "footprint" of Medford Square hasn't changed in many, many years. May have been okay in the days of "one horse open sleighs", but let's get real....time for more available parking/garages.
katbarry14 December 11, 2013 at 07:42 AM
I think they do. Not only from the business side, but the residential as well. We live on a "permit parking only" street. We have to pay for the priviledge of parking on our own street, but you never see an officer ticketing those who don't have permits. It's very frustrating. I think money generated by ticket enforcement would certainly help pay the salaries of the enforcement officers.
Lesley Fenton December 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Not only do we need parking rule enforcement, we also need serious speed limit changes and enforcement. I live on a very old and little avenue with no sidewalks, off Forest/Hall street. People use my avenue as a cut through often driving 30-50 mph! all they do is give you the finger if you try to slow them down. Have called the traffic officer to NO avail!!!!! We really need help here! Lots of kid, elderly and dogs walking here, sooner or later some one will get hurt.
Katy Vitiello December 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Just enforcing 2 hour limit will encourage business owners from parking in front of businesses all day and get Boston commuters to park elsewhere.
Joe Viglione December 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM
There's a restaurant on Salem Street that encourages parking in the crosswalk and in the bus stop. It is absurd. The proprietor gets really angry if you snap a photo of the offending vehicles. He has friends at city hall. So how does one enforce if some of the places are intentionally NOT enforced?
Keith December 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM
I'd begin enforcement on the cars that block the turning lane in front of the Dunkin' Donuts in the Square. Traffic is bad enough there — and if a car is idling in a travel lane while its owner gets a coffee, things get even worse.
James Coleman December 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM
I think I could qualify for the job. Let the police continue with their civic duties. I believe I would be an ideal candidate I could use a bike and walk which would save the city money. I see far too many expired stickers as well as persons In bus stops and just plain bad parking habits. Consider me for the position I will make a lot of monies for the city. Therefore helping the city in creating a much needed fiscal budget in the green and not inthe red.
West Meff Hobo December 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM
No, what separates Medford from cities like Somerville or Cambridge, is you can park somewhere real quick and run into a store for 5minutes without getting a ticket. This will lead to the police becoming more overseeing and we'll quickly become a police state like somerville
Robert December 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM
if you enforce the parking in the square they will just find other places to park. there is nothing like coming home from work on a freezing cold nite and having to park 2 blocks away from my house because people park and walk up the square to catch the bus. city hall needs to place priorities on the right things to benefit the citizens of Medford not the citizens benefitting city hall
Lou Azz December 11, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Katy is right....enforcing the parking restrictions in Medford Sq will result in commuters parking elsewhere infringing upon other residents - we need a combination of the two....build a garage and they will come - especially if they're getting $20-$50 tickets for parking on the streets.
Elisa Toledo December 11, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Yes, yes....absolutely yes! Lack of parking enforcement is a pressing issue for our city! Small business owners and residents have suffered enough! We pay for parking permits and we get dismissed by the police when we call for enforcement . Not to say the added revenue opportunity.....you don't need to look far...Somerville is the model for what CAN be accomplished! In addition....we need traffic enforcement! The speeders in Harvard street and Willis ave. The trucking traffic problems.....all these a significant public safety issue! I do hope the City Council can finally reach the deaf ears of Mayor mcglynn and chief Sacco. Lord only knows they do not listen to us!
Rooboo December 11, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Get with the times..this should have been done ten years ago!
raymay December 11, 2013 at 04:32 PM
If you think getting a parking ticket = a police state ,West Meff Hobo, I suggest you need to travel more. I too pay for the privilege of parking on a resident parking street. Not that it matters, since I've never seen any car ticketed, ever. It's time for a comprehensive parking plan that makes sense already.
Frank Mulligan December 11, 2013 at 07:10 PM
For the YEARS, I lived in Medford. Mc Gylnn will NEVER get into parking villations. WHY. We all know. Those who VOYED for him, Will be at his OFFICE if they GET a TICKET. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. Good Luck to the City Councill. Happy Holidays.
Joe Viglione December 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Frank, McGlynn will happily offer parking violations to those who didn't vote for him! When National Grid blocked my driveway I had to park on the street. They gave me a ticket. It was absurd. So I hand scribbled a 2 page note (real psycho lettering) to Parking Hearing Officer Diane McLeod (of the Human Rights Commission, she doubles as parking officer) to meet me at the city council to discuss it. She - appropriately - just squashed the false ticket. Makes ya wonder when you see cars in bus stops and crosswalks that get away with it (Haines Sq. Dunkin Donuts take note: that crosswalk is SO dangerous) that maybe I was targeted for a ticket for speaking up so much. Think about it, no tickets for a bus stop, but a dude parking on his own side street when National Grid (with an officer there) block his driveway, and HE's the one who gets a ticket. No public safety violation, no crosswalk, no bus stop, and no access to his own driveway. And he gets a ticket.
Rooboo December 12, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Everyone should get tickets whether they're homeowners or not. One rule for everyone.
eastern33 January 08, 2014 at 12:21 PM
It would be fine to have a fare parking inforcment here It;s just that these things always seem to get WAY! out of hand , for that reason I would strongly appose an out side agency , and why should that be done ? sure we can control a way of life on our own in Medford
Frank Mulligan January 09, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Medford Police write tickets out at night. NOT in the day time. I really think Medford will never get into TICKETING every day. The biggest PROBLEM is $$$$$$$$$. This is like the IMPOSSILE DREAM. Good Luck Medford.
Just a Medford Guy January 09, 2014 at 09:08 PM
I think the issue of parking in Medford Square is a contentious one. I read about many proprietors parking in front of their business all day - yet I have not yet read of a specific example. I'm sure it happens. BUT - I traverse that square at all given times of the day/night/weekend and have never found myself without getting a spot. I don't see the need for a garage. There is ample parking in the municipal 2-hour lot - and everyone knows - you can park there all-day and no ticket would be issued. Not that I am welcoming out-of-city commuters that take the bus to Boston. I think they should be ticketed and towed.
Frank Mulligan January 10, 2014 at 05:57 PM
to just Medford guy. Medford has parking on Salen street across from Harvard Community Health for business's and on Revere Parkway. Stll bussiness's park in front of the store's. If Medford get's the MONEY and the help to change parking it will be like the IMPOSSIBLE dream. Medford does'nt need a NEW garage. Why should tax payers pay for it.Out of city commuterstake the bus from Haines Square and West Medford ans South Medford Every week day . Until Medford Make's BIG Change's ON PARKING. Good Luck Medford.


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