Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 02/5/2014 11:48 AM | Comments: 0
There is a corner at city hall with sympathy for vehicle owners forced to string an extension cord across a sidewalk to plug in their vehicles overnight.
Mayor Sam Katz said he was surprised to learn the Winnipeg Parking Authority has been issuing $100 tickets for the offences.
"I’ve had no complaints," about the situation, Katz said. "I would hope to think we could find some kind of solution to that."
Katz said he understands that bylaws need to be enforced but added some individuals find themselves in extraordinary circumstances because of the record snowfall and frigid temperatures and are only doing what they can.
"Some people will say this is a necessity, otherwise I don’t get my kids to school, I don’t get to work."
Some individuals claim they are forced to park their vehicles on the street overnight because windrows on back lanes prevent them from leaving their property.
The city prohibited laying extension cords across sidewalks overnight in 1972. They are considered a hazard to pedestrians and the cords could become tangled making sidewalk snowclearing difficult.
However, Katz said he will talk to the public service to see if a compromise can be worked out.
"There might be some creative solutions," Katz said. "Safety is obviously the issue but at the same token if there was an opportunity to accommodate our citizens in a realistic fashion, we’d look at that."
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