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January 14. 2013 9:21PM

Derry man feels boxed in by town's winter parking ban

DERRY - Around the time the first snowflake falls each year, there is usually some debate about the town's winter parking ban.

By town ordinance, the winter parking ban is in effect every Nov. 15 to April 1 between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. on all streets and in municipal parking lots.

In December, Joseph Street resident Anthony Sica appeared before the town council to discuss the parking ban, but Town Administrator John Anderson suggested Sica first bring the issue before the town's highway safety committee.

Before the highway safety committee, Sica explained that his family has five vehicles and two trailers and that they park one or two of the vehicles in the cul-de-sac for nine months per year without a problem.

However, during the period covered by the winter parking ban, Sica stated that some of his neighbors will call the police and his vehicles will get ticketed.

"We have gotten a draft response from the highway safety committee recommending there be no change in the winter parking situation," said Anderson. "Mr. Sica did attend the highway safety meeting, and they are going to work on some options with him."

During the highway safety meeting, Sica stated that he understood the parking ban was necessary, but asked whether the town would consider not ticketing on nights when it is not snowing. Sica stated that when the weather reports show snow in the forecast, he has no problems parking all his vehicles in his driveway or yard.

Safety Committee member Al Dimmock noted that it's not always possible to predict the weather.

Highway Supervisor Alan Cote also noted that Manchester has a winter parking ban during storms, and still tows hundreds of cars per storm, costing the vehicle owners upward of $100 to get them returned.

Fire Chief George Klauber asked whether lines could be painted along the outer edge of the cul-de-sac extending the driveways to allow for additional parking, making the area the homeowner's property to maintain.

Cote stated there would be no benefit to parking in the middle of the cul-de-sac versus the side of the road and that plows would have the same concern during a storm. Klauber agreed with Cote's motion to keep the winter parking ban as is, but asked whether the town council would consider painting lines to designate parking areas in the future.

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