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Summit Hill council told to think of snow

Published April 09. 2013 05:03PM

Winter might be over, and most of us are happy for the spring weather that finally arrived. But last night Summit Hill Borough Council was urged to think about snow.

Councilman John O'Gurek suggested the council begin working on making amendments to its winter parking ordinance for next year.

O'Gurek said the present ordinance is contradictory in that it specifies parking prohibitions for when the snow stops and when there is a three-inch accumulation.

Councilman Michael Alabovitz said the ordinance specifically applies between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

"Everybody's confused," O'Gurek interjected. He said people have to pay $25 tickets because of the parking rule confusion and "I don't think our taxpayers need to be ripped off every time it snows."

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos Jr. said he feels the enforcement of the ordinance "went pretty smooth," adding that before cars are ticketed for snow rules violations he issues warning via the police cruiser's loud speaker.

One man in the audience said cars were parked on his street after a snowstorm and none were ticketed.

O'Gurek also said he feels three inches is a small amount of snow for parking restrictions considering most people have front-wheel drive cars.

Alabovitz disagreed.

The council took no immediate action on O'Gurek's request.

"Hopefully, we won't have to worry about this for another six months," said Council President Michael Kokinda.

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