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Police continue to deal with parking space disputes

'People need to use common sense and common courtesy'

'People need to use common sense and common courtesy'

December 30, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Chairs, traffic cones and even a velvet-rope crowd controller become part of Hagerstown's landscape after a big snow as residents attempt to claim the parking spots they cleared.

Police this weekend still were dealing with disputes over parking spaces cleared after the major snowstorm of Dec. 19 and 20.

"It's an ongoing problem," Sgt. Chad Woodring said earlier this week.

The National Weather Service is calling for snow to begin early today, with a possible accumulation of 1 to 3 inches, so residents might have to deal with the parking space issue again.

Police were called out Sunday after a neighbor complained about someone putting traffic cones in a parking space, Woodring said.

Woodring wasn't aware of any fights related to claimed parking spots so far this season.

Parking spaces are not reserved for individuals, and people cannot claim spaces on a public street, Woodring said.

Any items put in spots in an attempt to save them is considered abandoned property, Woodring said. Either police or another individual wanting to park in the spot can remove the items, he said.

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"Typically, we don't do that unless we have an ongoing problem," he said.

People should try and find another spot, but drivers can remove whatever object is in the space and park there, Woodring said.

Should there be an altercation, police officers can mediate the situation, Woodring said.

"People need to use common sense and common courtesy," he said.

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