The City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to put meters in the Central Street parking lot.
The vote was unanimous; Councilor Ronald Boucher was absent.
The ordinance, which would have made the Center Street parking fees the same as other spaces, had already been published and passed to a second reading on a vote of 7-2 two weeks.
Downtown residents and businesses were loud and clear on the idea of metered parking in the Center Street lot: Just hold off.
Nearly two dozen people attended Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting to weigh in on an ordinance change that would end two-hour free parking and restore parking meters to some 60 parking spots in the Center Street lot.
The City Council on Tuesday night passed a controversial parking ordinance to a second reading.
But that doesn't mean the debate is over.
The decision to move forward with changing the cost for parking in the Center Street lot — and eliminating the free first two hours — may still face opposition when it reappears in two weeks.
Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell says it is a "disgrace" that there is no handicapped parking on Elm or West Street.
There is only one on Tyler Street and that was only recently added. The few on North are in locations without a nearby curbcut. There isn't even one in front of a store on North Street which sells motorized wheelchairs. It's unacceptable for Connell.
An unconvinced City Council on Tuesday referred a proposal to restore parking meters to the Center Street parking lot to committee.
The lot has had a parking-ticket kiosk for a number of years, but it's been broken for at least four. Police Director Michael Cozzaglio had approached the Traffic Commission about restoring the meters last month, saying it was impossible to enforce parking limits in the short- and long-term areas.
Williams College and the Chamber of Commerce believe they have solutions in place to avoid a repeat of last summer's parking woes on Spring Street, and they're asking downtown merchants to be part of the answer.
In 2015, parking inventory in the Village Business District was squeezed by construction vehicles related to the college's renovation of the Log pub on Spring Street.
Plans to replace the crumbling Columbus Avenue garage are "shovel" ready but the state still hasn't released more than $6 million earmarked for it.
The top level of the garage has been closed since August 2014 when city officials at the time determined the concrete beams were pulling away from the supporting structure. The move reduced parking spots in the structure by 156. Earlier that year the state earmarked $6 million in a transportation bond bill and now city officials are pushing for th
Residents of Greylock Valley Apartments are being put on notice that their cars will be ticketed if they're not parked in the appropriate spots.
Williams Schrade of the North Adams Housing Authority formally asked the Traffic Commission on Monday for help with policing drivers who were parking on the green space between the street and sidewalk in the housing project.
Williams College and its contractor believe they have a solution to the problem of workers parking in a downtown parking lot during construction projects.
The practice frustrated downtown merchants during last summer's renovation of the college's Spring Street tavern. A looming five-year project to build a new science center near the village business district has raised serious concerns among business owners.