By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Parking fees in the Weirs Beach area will double to $1 an hour under a proposed ordinance change which will be the subject of a public hearing before the Laconia City Council when it meets on Monday, March 24.
The revised ordinance, proposed by Public Works Director Wes Anderson, notes that the 50 cents per hour fee is only one quarter of that charged at state-owned Seacoast area beaches, where the summer fee is $2 per hour. Portsmouth has fees of $1.75 an hour in high density areas, and Concord, which has a fee of 75 cents an hour, is increasing its fees.
The current ordinance also has different days of operation for the meters for different parking spaces. The revised ordinance would see all meters in operation from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day to the Monday after Columbus Day. It would also change operating hours for meters from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Parking kiosks will be installed at the Endicott Beach parking lot and the parking fee there will go from $10 a day to $2 an hour, which would mean that someone who parked at the beach for 10 hours would pay $20. It was noted that the change will enable the Parks Department to use the two seasonal positions that presently man the parking booth at the beach parking The city's new parking meter system will go into service on Saturday, May 27.