Councilman frustrated by parking issues

2014-01-31T19:45:00Z 2014-01-31T21:16:10Z Councilman frustrated by parking issuesChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
January 31, 2014 7:45 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | The town could tow vehicles parked curbside after two or more inches of snow accumulates.

Town Councilman Richard Hardaway said Merrillville can't properly plow residential roads when cars are parked in the street.

During a recent council meeting, Hardaway and residents expressed frustration about the issue.

Hardaway said the problem affected garbage collection recently in Merrillville when garbage trucks couldn't access a street with cars parked on both sides.

After two inches or more of snowfall, no on-street parking is permitted until snow removal efforts are finished, town code states.

People violating the regulation could receive tickets or citations. The town also is authorized to tow vehicles if it's necessary to finish plowing streets. The owners of the vehicles would be responsible to pay for towing and storage of vehicles.

Hardaway said he doesn't want to have to tow vehicles, but he isn't sure what it will take for residents to realize parking isn't permitted on roads when there is heavy snow.

He said Merrillville code enforcers typically issues warnings when on-street parking violations occur.

Town Attorney John Bushemi has been asked to review the parking regulations to determine if changes are needed.

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