SPRINGFIELD/HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) –After that massive blizzard just a couple of weeks ago, cars were buried under mounds of snow. Parking bans were enacted to help with its removal. Even though the forecast now calls for far less snow this time around, Springfield DPW Director Al Chwalek says they don’t cancel parking bans on the spur of the moment. “Although the weather forecast looks to be better, you know, it’s not over yet. Let’s see what happens through tonight, tomorrow morning, and then we’ll adjust it,” he stated.
In Holyoke, they have a Winter parking ban that’s going to be in effect until further notice. That’s because Mayor Alex Morse says it’s better to be safe than sorry. “We’ve kept the winter parking ban in effect not only to allow the DPW to remove snow, but also we have a lot of side streets and streets in the city that would be in effect. I did a call out to over 11,000 residents, and business owners yesterday to remind them that it’s still in effect,” Mayor Morse noted.
Mayor Morse admits that they have been a little too lenient with folks who still haven’t shoveled their sidewalks in front of their businesses or homes. They’re getting 24 hour warnings, and a $25 ticket if they don’t do so.