The Rockland City Council is likely to soon receive a proposal from its parking committee to replace the long-time overnight winter parking ban.

The parking committee has discussed the issue at its two most recent meetings.

The current law is that parking on city streets or in city parking lots is prohibited from Nov. 1 through April 1 from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. Vehicles are ticketed if they are in violation regardless of whether it has snowed. The ban is in place to allow snow removal crews to clear the streets.

The current law also allows for towing but Rockland Police Chief Bruce Boucher said the city does not tow unless the vehicle is in the road and not parked on the side of the road.

The tentative agreement reached by the committee at its April 26 meeting was to put into place a midnight to 7 a.m. parking ban only during snowstorms or up to three nights after a storm for cleanup.

The agreement was not given final approval so that the committee would have time to receive input from Boucher.

The chief said April 27 that the concern he has about the proposed change is that tickets will not be issued until the snowstorm has arrived and that is too late to get the vehicles moved to allow for better snow removal.

The reason cited by the committee for the proposed change is to be prepared for future development along Tillson Avenue and in other parts of downtown that could increase demand for overnight parking.

The tentative agreement of the committee calls for $10 tickets for the first offense, $25 for a second offense, $50 for the third offense, and $100 for the fourth and successive violations.

The committee said it opposed towing vehicles except as a last resort for repeat offenders.

The city collects about $2,000 annually from tickets issued for violating the current winter parking ban.

The committee is scheduled to meet again Monday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.