Parking ban necessary to deal with snow, says police chief

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Charlottetown’s chief of police says a parking ban was necessary to deal with all that snow.

Charlottetown’s chief of police says a parking ban was necessary to deal with all that snow.

Paul Smith said the city got double what was forecast earlier this week, 65 centimetres, and that has made the downtown area an absolute mess.

The police department and the city’s public works department initiated an immediate parking ban in the downtown on Wednesday that was scheduled to be in effect for two days.

The restriction applies to all parking on all city streets, but the focus will be on narrower streets such as the sections from Kirkwood Drive to Water Street and Edward Street to West Street. Things may change with the latest storm in the forecast for Thursday into Friday.

The city’s news release said anyone parking in the downtown risks getting a ticket and being towed.

Smith said they’re not going to start hauling cars off the streets.

“We’re putting in strict effect the measures that the bylaw has in place for snow removal and getting things going,’’ the chief of police said. “We’re going to make every effort to locate (a vehicle owner) when we’re going down a particular street.’’

The plan is to have someone go out, write down licence plate numbers and try to contact people.

“Where we can get the cars moved we will certainly make the effort to get them moved. Where we’re stuck and have to tow then we’ll have to tow them.’’

Terry Bernard, chairman of the city’s public works committee, said there’s too much snow to wait until day workers go home for the day.

“With other pending storms on the way it’s not safe the way it is right now,’’ Bernard said. “It’s tough for sidewalk machines to even get through it. Are we out to ticket and tow everybody? No. But, will there be instances where we have to? Yes, there will.’’

Dawn Alan, executive director of Downtown Charlottetown Inc., said extraordinary actions are required in extraordinary circumstances.

“We are encouraging everyone who can to carpool and bus into work, when possible,’’ Alan said. “Patience is going to be the key to get through this.’’

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  • Alan P.
    February 05, 2015 - 09:49

    With nowhere for the snow to go or push to, the streets are not too bad. Give the crews time to do their work and the overtime as well. I hope they are at it more than normal hours. I think the Guardian's snow poll is premature considering we are a day removed from 65cms (26 inches) of new snow on top of snow a few days earlier.