Downtown parking enforcement changes begin Monday

May 15, 2019--7:39 a.m.

Staff reports

In less than a week, new hours for enforcement of Downtown Rome’s parking ordinance goes into effect.

Starting on Monday, May 20 two-hour parking limits will be enforced between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The two-hour limit is consecutive or otherwise, according to Rome City Commissioner Jamie Doss.

“If you park in one spot and then move to another spot, you are still under the two-hour guidelines,” he said. “We will also start with our new license plate reader technology. Currently, our enforcement comes from an officer that is walking up and down the street. With this new technology, we will be able to drive by vehicles and read their plates. So, we can a lot of ground in a short period of time.”

Doss added they are encouraging all downtown employees to use the parking decks.

“The 3rd Avenue deck, the 6th Avenue deck and the annex lot will all switch to pay by license place,” he said. “We will have a kiosk and if you’ve seen out decks lately, we’ve tried to improve security, lighting and signage.”

Doss said the whole purpose of the regulations is to encourage people to come downtown by providing better rotation of parking spaces.