Parking tickets up after city eliminates street-cleaning schedule mailout: councillor

Daniel MacEachern
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St. John’s went paperless with its street-cleaning schedule this year, resulting in a lot more paper — parking tickets — tucked under windshield wipers.

As a result, the city plans to return to mailing the schedule out to residents next spring.

Coun. Jonathan Galgay, chairman of the city’s public works committee, told The Telegram on Friday that city council thought its decision — he noted it was one made by the previous council — to eliminate the paper street-cleaning schedule mailed to homes would prompt people to use the city’s website to find out when they needed to move their vehicles off the street.

Instead, the city has seen an uptick in parking tickets — and requests to bring the paper schedule back.

“There was an increase in parking tickets this year,” said Galgay, who couldn’t provide exact numbers of how many $20 fines were issued.

“People were not moving their vehicles, they were not checking the Internet — it was a big problem, especially in the downtown. The other night we had 35 tickets on Gower Street alone.”

The public works committee approved the proposal to resume the mailout, which will now be voted on by council. It’s too late to mail out schedules for the remainder of this year, said Galgay.

The street-cleaning schedule ends in mid-September, but if council accepts the recommendation, the mailout will resume in 2015.

“It’s endless calls from people getting tickets who were not aware that the street-cleaning was happening,” said Galgay — although the committee also discussed the possibility that the fine isn’t enough of a deterrent.

“Are people just leaving their cars there because the fine is not very much?”

For now,  the city will just consider resuming the mailout. Galgay said more than 500 people called the city this year to request a paper copy, which was provided.

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Geographic location: Gower Street

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  • Concerned Citizen
    August 25, 2014 - 10:33

    Wouldn't it be ideal to standardize the schedule and put up signs to indicate no parking this day and time? Save the paper and emails. Eliminate the didn't know excuse.

  • Fedup
    August 22, 2014 - 22:16

    A few weeks ago a street cleaner went up our street during the lunch hour. When I heard it coming, I went outside, made eye contact with the driver and confirmed that he would be coming back down the street, so I moved our car into the driveway so that the front of our house would be cleaned - which I was very glad for, as the maple tree had shed all of its seeds by that time. Unfortunately, our neighbours from up, down and across the street think that the front of our house is a parking lot - they park there constantly, day and night, summer and winter. As a result, the front of our house never gets cleaned properly in the summer, and never gets plowed properly in the winter. This time was no exception - although I had taken steps to move our car from in front of our house, our neighbours, who were also home at the time, didn't bother to mover their car from the road. Result: the driver had to swerve around the neighbour's car and, making a wide sweep, completely missed the front of our house before swinging back in down the street from us. We haven't seen a sweeper since. The same thing will happen in the winter, so City and neighbours, please be advised - I will no longer sweep the street in front of our house, and I will no longer shovel the 6 - 8 feet of snow that gets left in front of our driveway because only the middle of the street will be plowed. What's in the street will stay in the street. I.e., what's in the gutter during the non-snow months will be kicked into the street (to clear a path for rainwater to flow freely through the gutter), and what snow is in front of our driveway will be pushed up, down, or further out into the street to enable us to use our driveway, but I will not shovel it anymore. I'm done with paying taxes for street cleaning and snow clearing, only to have to break my back doing it myself because the city can't/won't. There should be absolutely no on-street parking anywhere on residential roads if people are too stupid or too inconsiderate to move their cars to enable city crews to do their work, and city crews should make people move their vehicles so that everyone can get the benefit of our tax dollars at work.