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Residents angry after receiving tickets for not moving cars

By Maria Miller

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Dozens of people who live in Johnstown woke up to a sea of yellow Friday morning after parking tickets were slid into the windshields of their vehicles. Many of those people said they know they're supposed to move their cars so the streets can be cleaned, but told 6 News that hasn't happened in months.

"I woke up and there were like 50 cars with tickets on like everybody's cars on this whole street," said Jose Mani, a resident of Hornerstown who received a ticket on his car Wednesday.

"It just looked like it rained yellow," said another woman, who didn't want to be identified.

"I think it's outrageous," said Mani. "Honestly, how they did that, I mean what happened to warnings or something like that?"

City officials argue there was a warning, posted on signs that line the streets of every neighborhood; Signs that tell residents to move their car on a certain night of the week so the city can clean the streets.

People 6 News talked with said they know the rules but question why they have to follow them when the streets haven't been cleaned in months.

"There hasn't been a street cleaner come up this road in a year and in fact the street cleaning truck sat down on Village Street all summer, broken down," said the woman who lives in Moxham.

But public works director Darby Sprincz said the city has two street cleaners: One that is broken down, another that's too old to constantly run.

"To bring it out this time of year is probably not a good idea because winter is not over," said Sprincz. "We'll be cleaning up just to put more stuff down to clean it and it doesn't make sense to clean it twice."

But Sprincz said an ordinance is an ordinance whether the streets get cleaned or not and he says people need to start following the rules because his department never knows when they'll have a job to do.

In the meantime, residents said they'll pay the ticket but they want the city to know they're not happy.

"I just don't think it's fair," said the woman. "If you're going to give me a $15 ticket for not moving my vehicle so you can clean the street, then clean the street.

"It's only $15, but $15 is $15," said Mani.

 
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