By Patrick Lynn
Motorists in the City of Stevens Point will now have to pay for overnight on-street parking, as well as follow an odd/even parking schedule, thanks to new rules implemented by the city council.
The new ordinance was approved in early August, requiring motorists to park on even-numbered sides of a street on even-numbered days of the month, and odd-numbered sides of a street on odd-numbered days.
Parking overnight on city streets now also requires a permit. The virtual permit costs $3 per day and can be purchased for up to three consecutive days at a time. No paper permits will be issued.
Permits can be purchased from the city’s website. A public computer has also been placed in the lobby of the Stevens Point Police Dept. for easy access.
Overnight permits can also be purchased using coins or a credit/debit card from a parking kiosk located downtown, in the south parking lot of the Cobblestone Hotel, 1117 Center Point Dr.
The permits will allow cars to be parked from 2:30-6 a.m. on the alternate-side schedule.
The permits, according to Sgt. Tony Zblewski from the SPPD, do not supersede existing parking regulations, including no parking zones or snow emergencies.
The Portage Co. dispatch center will no longer be granting waivers for overnight parking, Zblewski said.