City parking rules change Sunday

It’s that time of year again.

Spring and summer parking regulations in the city of Dunkirk will be taking effect for Alternate and Overnight Parking with the following changes.

Overnight parking regulations on the main streets such as Central Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Brigham Road, Doughty Street, Main Street and many of the smaller side streets will end Sunday, April 6 and not resume again until Sunday, Nov. 2.

The alternate parking will change back to weekly as follows:

Effective at 5 p.m. starting Sunday, April 6 and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 2 for one-week periods commencing at 5 p.m. on any odd numbered Sunday, parking shall be allowed on the odd numbered side of the streets affected and on any even numbered Sunday, parking shall be allowed on the even numbered side of the streets affected. The date of the day after 5 p.m. on Sunday determines the side on which parking is allowed for the following week. Courtesy tags will be issued as reminders for a short period of time; after that time parking summonses will be issued.

“It is not the goal of the city of Dunkirk or the Police Department to issue parking summonses for violations. We are asking everyone’s cooperation to park properly and help those who may be visitors to our area with understanding our parking regulations,” Police Chief David Ortolano explained. “Proper parking is a matter of public safety in that we have to keep streets open and accessible to emergency vehicles at all times. We want everyone to be aware that if the need arises we will tow vehicles that hamper access by emergency vehicles or create a hazard to public safety. Proper parking also allows Public Works access for street upkeep.

“Again, we ask everyone to help keep the city of Dunkirk a safe place for residents, business people and visitors to enjoy.”