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Downtown parking rules are changing in Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- In an effort to keep downtown parking more consistent throughout Eau Claire, the city council has made a few small changes.

On Tuesday city council approved adding an exception to the new winter parking pules.  The new rules have made alternate side parking only enforceable during a 72-hour "snow event," where a full plow service goes in to action.  

But since some streets only allow parking on one side year round, drivers who park on those streets, like Summit Avenue and Garfield Avenue, will be able to bend the rules.  During snow events parking will be allowed on the designated side of the street.

City council also voted in favor of eliminating some parking meters downtown.  Instead the parking will change to the two hour free parking zones.

Another addition to the Eau Claire streets will be two new emergency vehicles for the fire department.  Council agreed to replace two of the old vehicles with a new ambulance, which will cost around $220,000 and a new emergency command vehicle, costing just under $40,000.

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