NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — People living in the city of North Tonawanda are outraged. What use to be a convenient parking place for many is now off limits.
“People that do not have curbs are allowed to park on the terrace and people that have curbed streets are not,” said Arthur Pappas, Mayor of North Tonawanda.
Residents have been parking on the terrace during the winter months for years. The terrace is the grass or black top between the street and the house. It’s always been illegal, but rarely enforced.
But changes to the parking rules is leaving dozens of people without a place to park their cars.
“Whether you have a curb or you don’t have a curb, make it fair for everybody, why are you singling us out,” said Sue Fingerlow, resident.
The city is offering hardship permits for $20 to park on the terrace, but the permit can only be bought by homeowners, not renters.
“I am unable to use my parking spot, the terrace parking. I am a renter in North Tonawanda and I cannot park on the terrace. My landlord has to get the permit and he’s out of town, he lives out of state, so I’m unable to get that as the renter, ” said Erika Francis, resident.
Mayor Pappas says he wants residents to bring solutions to the next council meeting on November 22.
He hopes to end this ongoing battle.
“We’re trying to put it to rest once and for all,” said Pappas.