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Downtown Elora and Fergus to institute three-hour parking limit

Pilot project starts during the May long weekend

CENTRE WELLINGTON – New timed parking rules are coming to Downtown Elora and Fergus next month.

Beginning the May long weekend, a pilot program for three-hour enforced parking will run seven days a week between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Oct. 31 with adjustments as needed.

A press release from the Township of Centre Wellington states the intended purpose is to increase the turnover and availability of prime parking spaces in downtown areas during the tourist season.

This was intended to launch in 2020 but was deferred until 2021 due to the pandemic. 

Wellington County OPP already provide parking enforcement but the report states additional contracted parking enforcement is necessary to meet increasing demands in both towns.

The township is entering an agreement with ParkSmart-Alpha Enforcement Team who will provide two uniformed officers during the pilot project timeframe. 

The County of Wellington has an existing relationship with the enforcement company who process manual parking tickets and provides software and technology for electronic tickets.

Data will be collected and analyzed to determine for 2022 budget deliberations if funding for parking enforcement is necessary beyond this year. 

The report says warning tickets will be issued during the first several weeks as part of an education strategy.