FRAMINGHAM – This morning, October 30, District 4 City Councilor Mike Cannon filed an ordinance that would provide the general public with 15 minutes of free parking with the new meters in downtown Framingham.
The 11-member City Council will need to vote on the ordinance. A simple majority vote of six councilors would pass the ordinance (a law in the City of Framingham).
The new, 146 parking meters were installed in only downtown Framingham and went into effect on October 1. The Framingham Traffic Commission approved the proposal.
The meters are in effect Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rate is $1.25 per hour or $2 for a maximum of two hours.
The meters take coins or credit and debit cards.
Parking meters will be free on Sundays and holidays and after 6 p.m., but like other communities in the Commonwealth, Councilor Cannon wants to offer patrons the first 15 minutes of use free.
He submitted this morning an “ORDER TO PROVIDE 15-MINUTES OF FREE PARKING AT METERED PARKING SPACES WITHIN THE CITY OF FRAMINGHAM Section 8(d) of the Traffic Rules and Orders Adopted September 9, 1973 is hereby amended: The parking meter fee shall be at the rate of one dollar and twenty-five cents ($1.25) per hour or two dollars ($2.00) for 2 hours with a maximum time of 2 hours; PROVIDED THAT THE FIRST 15 MINUTES SHALL BE FREE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.”
Cannon is the chair of the City Council’s Economic Development subcommittee.