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Hearing Wednesday for Malden resident permit-parking

Posted by Matt Byrne  September 19, 2012 10:24 AM

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The Malden City Council Wednesday evening will hold the first of three public hearings in an attempt to revive the resident permit-parking ordinance.

Councilors will convene in the Forestdale School auditorium at 7 p.m., according to the city.

Although the parking provision ultimately failed to garner enough council votes last year after lengthy discussion, Mayor Gary Christenson included permit parking in a seven-item public safety plan unveiled at a neighborhood meeting in August.

Christenson's plan, largely a response to a spate of late-summer violence, calls for the city to hire three more officers, use overtime to add officers to the anti-crime unit, and to invest in at least $150,000 in police hardware, in addition to upgrading a citywide wireless network to handle the loads of data some of the new equipment will provide.

Two more hearings will follow, one Sept. 24 at the Ferryway School auditorium, the other at the senior center Oct. 3. Both begin at 7 p.m., and the final one will be televised on Malden Access Television.

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