LOWELL | Residents ticketed for leaving their cars on the street during last Tuesday’s snowstorm will not have to pay them.
After airing the issue Monday before the Town Council, Lowell Police Chief John Shelhart said he will convert all tickets issued during the storm to warnings. Council members said during the discussion that it was up to Shelhart whether he wanted to take such action.
“You’re the chief,” Councilman Don Parker said. “It’s at your discretion.” Shelhart said he felt residents had not had enough time to get their parked vehicles off the streets. Town ordinance stipulates street-parked vehicles must be removed during a storm to make way for snowplows.
Not every official was happy with Shelhart’s plan.
“If people watched The Weather Channel, they’d have had warnings for four days,” said Councilman Edgar Corns. Corns also said it was his understanding that of 70 tickets issued, only five or six residents had complained.
“I think it’s a good ordinance,” he said.