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June 7, 2014

TUCKER: Ditch the overnight parking ban

Tonawanda News — It’s not always a good idea to disagree with a police officer, especially the chief.

That said and given the fact that our home is in the Town of Tonawanda, this is an “outsider’s” opinion: Let people in the City of Tonawanda park their cars on the street all night from April to November. It’s been reported that Tonawanda is the only municipality in the area that forbids summer parking on the street.

We’ve lived in the town for many years and on-street parking is allowed during the summer months. Several neighbors on Delaware Road park in front of our house as they worry about their cars being hit. Do I care? Do I own the street? Of course not.

Maybe the council could have delayed the vote while they checked with other municipalities to see if there are any problems. Of course, as DPW superintendent Joe Warthling noted, street sweeping is a problem if cars are parked on the street. Same thing on our street, but it’s not a big deal.

And frankly, if this is going to cause a problem with a neighbor, perhaps a problem already exists. Right now, there are only two hours (4 to 6 a.m.) that cars cannot park on the street. It seems silly to think that those two hours make such a difference.

Also, think about all the homes where there are multiple cars and a single driveway. Have you ever had to jockey cars around in the morning to get a car out? Last one in is usually not the first one out.

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Good news: strawberry festivals and socials are back. Right now, Salem Church in Tonawanda, Our Lady of Czestochowa and Payne Avenue Christian churches have them scheduled. Fun certainly abounds at these events, and seeing old friends and renewing acquaintances makes them even better.

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