Hartford Mayor Talking Tough on Snow Parking Bans - NECN

Hartford Mayor Talking Tough on Snow Parking Bans



    (NECN: Brian Burnell) - In parts of Connecticut, the snow has already begun to fall. Schools across the state are sending their students home early, and the mayor of Hartford is talking tough to try and keep the streets plowed. 

    The area is still recovering from the record-breaking storm two weeks ago, and that is having a significant effect on preparations for this storm. Two weeks ago, the city got a late start clearing the streets, because more than a dozen city buses got stuck and had to be dug out. It took equipment away from street clearing.

    They may run buses on a holiday schedule this time to at least reduce the number on the streets.

    Mayor Pedro Segarra says another problem last time was people who ignored the parking ban. Snow-covered cars parked on the streets made it difficult, if not impossible, to plow some streets. 

    A parking ban goes into effect in Hartford at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, and the mayor advises people to get your car off the street, or else.

    "For those of you who don't, you may refer to our website, and we will provide the places where you can pick up your cars at a slight cost of over $300," said Segarra. "Now, I hate to sound a little mean about this. I think that we've been extremely patient. But we can no longer afford to compromise the transportation needs of the people in the city who do obey the law and those who are trying to enter the city at the expense of those who have chosen simply not to cooperate."

    The mayor said people can park in school parking lots and in city parks or pay for a commercial lot.