SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) –
Jesus Jarosay had a short but costly visit to downtown Springfield Wednesday. He was hit with a $15 ticket for violating the city’s parking ban. He wasn’t alone- 402 parking tickets were issued during the latest snow storm.
“There’s not even one flashing light,” Jesus said. “I just drove from the other side of Springfield and I haven’t seen a flashing light.”
There’s actually 24 blue lights spread throughout the city that flash when a ban is in effect. As Jesus points out, there’s not one on Main Street between Memorial Square in the north end and the city’s south end, a better than two-mile stretch that’s lined with parking spots.
“I guess it’s us, the tax payers that have to pay for that,” Jesus said. “Of course I’m going to fight it.”
Jesus might not win his fight. City officials say the blue light’s just one way the city notifies drivers about a parking ban, but it’s not the primary means.
So far, the city says they’ve only had enough funding to install the blue lights along the city limits, where most people enter the city.
“I personally called the Department of Public Works to let them know that there is no lights so we are going to work on fixing some of those,” Parking Authority Interim Manager Bokul Bhuiya said.
Bhuiya says they’d like to get as many lights as possible. Meantime, it’s every driver’s responsibility to check the city website, a local radio station, our us here at Channel 40 to know for sure if there is a ban. Bhuiya says it’s all in the name of safety.
“If we don’t plow hypothetically speaking because somebody is parked there, we certainly are going to get a lot of complaints from the neighbors as well as the residents in those buildings and the businesses- ‘they don’t plow my street-’ so it’s a catch 22,” Bhuiya said.
About 70 cars were towed Wednesday in the storm because they provided immediate dangers to the public.