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Council debates vehicles in front of business

Published December 28. 2010 05:00PM

A Lehighton business owner complained to the borough council that one of his vehicles was ticketed by the police department for being parked in front of his business.

"I live in this town and I have a business. I have no place to park my vehicles," said Nathan Andreas of Andreas Plumbing and Heating, located in the 100 block of South Second Street.

Andreas said he doesn't want to have long-term parking for his vehicles. He noted that his business is operated out of his residence, which is why vehicles are parked there.

It was explained that the borough ordinance states no commercial vehicles other than passenger vans and cars are permitted to be parked on borough streets except while transacting business.

Attorney James Nanovic said the ordinance was adopted years ago and targeted tractor-trailers being parked on borough streets.

Andreas said he has been in business for over three years at the location.

"Is it at night or can't I ever park my truck there?" he asked.

He said the business has five vehicles, four vans and a box-type truck. Usually only one or two are parked in front of his residence.

Dale Traupman, a member of council, said police have the authority to grant a temporary permit for parking.

He added, though, that any person "who brings a box truck home is violating the ordinance."

"We don't want to drive business away," he added, urging that Andreas be given a temporary reprieve to park his vehicles "until the situation is resolved."

Council President Grant Hunsicker recommended that the police department review the matter and make a recommendation to the council.

"I want to follow the rules," said Andreas.

Nanovic responded, "It's on the books, we have to enforce it. We'll have the police hold-off on enforcing it until it's reviewed."

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