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Resolution Restricts North Buffalo Street Parking


by Jonathan Weaver

North Buffalo Township residents who park on the public roads overnight could wake up to fines on their windshield.

In a new resolution passed by Supervisors David Wolfe and Clark Whiteman last night, drivers who park along the streets or alleys between

North Buffalo Township residents who park on township roads or streets this winter will now incur warnings, fines or even impounding if the vehicles are in the way of township plow trucks.

North Buffalo Township residents who park on township roads or streets this winter will now incur warnings, fines or even impounding if the vehicles are in the way of township plow trucks.

November 1 and April 1 will incur warnings, fines or even impounding.

“This is starting to get dangerous in certain areas because people are parking on the roads, and we don’t want to be hitting anybody so what we have to do is go back around and try to plow the other way. The plow’s are wider than the trucks,” Wolfe said. “It’s starting to become a nuisance – which is also costing us extra time and money.”

Effective immediately, the first instance will result in a warning, but if the same vehicle is found subsequent times during that six-month period, motorists will incur fines beginning at $25.

“Everything after ($35) is going to go to $100 (fines), with the right of the township to ask the court to impose impounding the vehicle,” Wolfe said. “We have to do this for public safety because there are times now when the fire department goes out. They can maneuver better when the roads are dry, but in the winter, it becomes a little dicey.

“I hate to impose things on people, but I think this is the only way – we’re at that point now.”

On mornings requiring snow removal, street crew employees have started plowing roads about three hours before sunrise to avoid with school buses and other traffic.

“We have a few habitual people that like to park on the street, and it’s an inconvenience for everybody involved,” Whiteman concluded. “It’s been going on for a while – some of these people have been warned before.”

The township’s other resolution passed last night fines residents $35 if checks were issued to the township or tax collector with insufficient funds and an additional $5 charge if a second copy of a tax bill is requested.

In other news, supervisors put several vehicles out for bid – including a Ford bucket truck, white GMC tandem, and sweeper. The vehicles are proposed to be listed in print and online.

There was a trio of executive sessions during the month regarding several items – including equipment, possible bids and road projects.

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7 Responses to “Resolution Restricts North Buffalo Street Parking”

  1. concernedformykids says:

    Mr. Jensen, would those be money making schemes that are aimed at people breaking the law and keeping the taxpayers from paying higher taxes? If so, I’m all for it!

  2. ktown_kid says:

    There are quite a few roads that run off of pony farm rd.

  3. Watchdawgz says:

    Ktown kid… If you are dumb enough to park on the road you deserve to get a ticket. If you lived on this road and see the cars speeding up and down 20 to 30 miles over the speed limit you would not complain about any police officer sitting out here. What street do you live on that we could drive up and down past your house at that speed? Or speed past the Courthouse when you’re trying to cross the street .

  4. jorn jensen says:

    If Dave Wolfe is involved, there will be plenty of money-making schemes coming along.

  5. mark says:

    Finding my vehicle buried in plowed snow ONCE would be enough to change my parking habits. That heavy wet plowed stuff is NO fun shoveling out.

  6. concernedformykids says:

    Ktown, enlighten me please. I’ve traveled Pony Farm Road and I don’t recall any cars ever parked on the road. Is there a certain section you are referring to?
    Also, if a car is parked on the road and the plow truck hits it, who do you think should be held financially responsible? Just curious to hear your reasoning.

  7. ktown_kid says:

    I’m a little confused here, you will get fined for parking on the roads, streets and alleys. It’s north buffalo twp behind Flynn’s tire. So those people will be fined for parking in front of their house? Some houses along pony farm rd and briar hill don’t have driveways as well. Kudos Dave Wolfe!!! That BS goes along with RT. 128 being 35 from Cadogan to Slate Lick so your police dept can make major money on fines.

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