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The newest problem in Hetzel park centers around parking by the neighbors in the egress into Hetzel Park. Neighbors on either side of the entrance way into the park spoke during the Public Comment section at last night's, December Borough Council meeting.
The residents on either side of the egress were given parking summons last month for parking their cars in a No Parking Zone in the egress into Hetzel Park. At the meeting last night each neighbor explained their personal relationship with parking their personal cars on the egress. One explained they had been removing snow, ice, and leaves for 30 years from the egress because the front entrance to their home and their driveway faces the egress. The other neighbor spoke that she has done the same for 10 years. Both said the Borough's snow removal trucks have never cleared the egress in 30 years. Both neighbors said they have cooperated for their mutual benefit with the Borough and that all changed when the billboard in Hetzel Park was electrified. "I was at the Borough meeting last month and it was OK to park there, the next day the sign is electrified and I got a ticket on my car" said one neighbor. In the past both neighbors said they cleaned the egress of snow so they can get out of their house in a snow storm.
Borough Manager Dawn Human explained the egress is Borough property and the Borough is liable. She noted that the Borough does not allow parking of personal vehicles on Borough park property. Anyone who parks in the egress will be ticketed.
Council Member Jared Brenan noted that he drove past the location and saw a "No Parking, This Side" sign was posted on one side of the egress and not on the other. To him, that simple logic meant that residents can not park on one side but they could park on the other side and not receive parking tickets. Borough Manager Human and Police Chief Mark Bascelli were steadfast that the Borough will enforce No Parking on all Borough Property and that residents should call 911 for assistance.
CM Brennan noted that a past Borough Council would have needed an official ordinance to post a "No Parking, This Side" sign at the location. Borough Manager Human agreed to search for the past ordinance and report at January's meeting. Police Chief Mark Bascelli said he had no solution for the residents and advised them not to park on Borough Property in the egress or they will receive tickets.
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