After waiting three weeks, scramble under way to fix 45 out-of-date parking signs in downtown Rome.  Extra hour, shorter enforcement in effect since May 20.

After waiting three weeks, scramble under way to fix 45 out-of-date parking signs in downtown Rome. Extra hour, shorter enforcement in effect since May 20.

Since May 20, you’ve been allowed to park for free for up to three hours on downtown Rome streets but the official “notice” went out Tuesday following the final vote by the City Commission (7 to 1) on Monday night. Facebook post.

 

Finally fixed — or almost there: Look for most if not all of the downtown parking signs to be updated by late this week — perhaps even by this evening. The extended free parking (from two to three hours) and enforcement rollback to 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. actually has been in effect since May 20 but the city of Rome didn’t get busy with making the updates until after Monday’s second and final vote by the City Commission. It’s been mostly confusion since Commissioner Craig McDaniel’s motion in May to do away with the two-hour/8-to-8 enforcement. Perhaps the idea was to wait for the second and final vote — even though City Manager Sammy Rich said on May 20 that the three-hour option would be what’s enforced. What’s troubling: There was no notices posted about the change after that first meeting — social media or elsewhere.

But … according to a post on Hi-Tech Signs’ Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon:  “We are working all day and night with Rome, Georgia to get the new parking signs made and installed by (this) afternoon.” That’s about 45 signs in all up and down Broad as well as some of the side streets.

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