Saving a Winter Parking Space


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  It’s not just vehicles on the road that cause issues during snow storms…

     Across our region, people are placing “items” in the street to save a parking place that they had shoveled out.

       But while it may be common, in most area communities around here it is also illegal.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has our story.

It is as much a part of the landscape in Northeastern Pennsylvania as are our mountains, rivers and beautiful landscapes. You name it and it has probably been used to save a winter parking spot.

  “They are too lazy to shovel. They just take the parking space. I’m out here breaking my back shoveling ice and hard stuff and they just pull up and take the spot” Said Kenny Hetler.  He uses these buckets to save his parking spot.

  He told us, “Right now my wife is at work if I don’t put those buckets there by the time she comes home from work somebody is going to take her spot on her.”

  “As always we discourage people from putting stuff to reserve their space” Said Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat.

 But that doesn’t stop people from doing just that. Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat warns residents not to do it. “What usually happens if we get a lot of complaint s about stuff in the streets the D.P.W. Will go and collect the stuff and throw it away. Basically putting it in the garbage and levy fines for littering”

And the mayor says all of this could be avoided.

  “It’s definitely a matter of respect from your neighbors. You shoveled it and they should respect it and not park in that space” said Mayor Cusat.

  In some communities, you could face a fine.  Mayor Cusat said the items can interfere with those plowing. 

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