On the eve of getting hit with a sheet of snow, City Councilors in Medford discussed trying to change the city's winter parking ban, which is in effect throughout the winter whether there's snow or not.
"It causes a real problem, for not the entire community, but a good portion of it," Councilor Breanna Luongo-Koehn said.
The ban limits parking to one side of the street throughout the city, which can cause problems in some of the more densely populated parts of the city, where there are often attempts to reserve spaces and arguments over parking spots, she said.
Poole Street resident Valerie Harris said notes have often been left on her car, requesting that she not park in certain areas on her street.
"I fear that my vehicle will be vandalized," she said.
City councilor Michael Marks said the city needed to come up with winter parking policies that varied depending on the neighborhood.
"It's a big city, and it's a blanket approach," he said. "...It clearly doesn't work in some neighborhoods."
Lungo-Koehn requested a resolution, asking the city's traffic commission to look into establishing a pilot program where the parking ban would only be in effect during snow emergencies. It was passed unanimously by the council.
"I think there are other ways, and I think the city needs to figure out how to do it," she said.