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‘No Parking’ Ticket Actually a Blessing in Disguise

December 29, 2012
By SHELLEY HANSON - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Gaewood Avenue resident Doug Pell recently complained to Wheeling Traffic Commission members about receiving a ''no parking'' ticket while parked in front of his house.

He noted, however, the ''no parking'' area is actually located across from his home at another address. And since that home is vacant, he wanted the sign removed.

However, after taking a look at the ticket, Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball said whoever issued the ticket to Pell actually gave him a break. He was given a ''no parking'' ticket charge of $20, but his actual infraction of an expired license plate tag would have cost him much more - about $300, Kimball said.

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Wheeling Traffic Commission member Pat Duffy talks about the increasing number of congested residential parking areas during a recent meeting.

''You are not allowed to park on the street with expired registration. They should have marked 'other' but they did you a favor ... that's a much cheaper ticket,'' Kimball said.

Operations Supervisor Tim Birch, who serves as an adviser for the commission, told Pell he would still have the ''no parking'' sign removed since it was not needed anymore.

Meanwhile during the same meeting, members denied a handicapped parking request for 127 Edgwood St. because they believed the homeowner should park in the rear of her property.

Commissioners said doing so would provide the homeowner a shorter walk to the house. They also said she should park there instead of allowing her grandchildren to use the area on a daily basis.

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