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No snow, no dough: Mayor

Mayor Peter Kelly called out HRM’s Traffic Authority yesterday, asking it to ease up on issuing winter-parking-ban tickets during the holiday season — weather permitting.

Mayor Peter Kelly called out HRM’s Traffic Authority yesterday, asking it to ease up on issuing winter-parking-ban tickets during the holiday season — weather permitting.

“I felt that if there’s a way to use some degree of discretion, if there is no snow on the ground, then that discretion should be used,” Kelly said yesterday. “If it’s not impeding traffic ... then it’s questionable as to the real need to give out tickets.”

Kelly said growing frustration and concern from citizens led to his releasing a mid-afternoon press release calling for this type of discretion to be used.

“I don’t want it to be perceived that this is a tax grab,” said Kelly, adding there has been more than $47,000 worth of tickets issued since the ban went into effect last week. “It’s clearly bringing a concern to the public, and clearly a concern when there’s no snow on the ground.”

Coun. Sue Uteck — who has also spoken out against the ban — took issue with the method Kelly used to get his message out yesterday.

“You don’t change public policy through a press release, and you didn’t even consult council,” she said.

Under the ban, those caught parked on the street between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. face a $50 ticket. It increases to $82.90 if not paid within 60 days.

 
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