Ma­gog park­ing vi­o­la­tors get early Christ­mas

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - Record Staff

The new reg­u­la­tion on night park­ing in Ma­gog caused so much con­fu­sion when it came into force on Novem­ber 15 that the Mem­phrem­a­gog Po­lice (RPM) are can­cel­ing tick­ets handed out, even those given legally.

In to­tal, twenty mo­torists re­ceived a ticket for about fifty dol­lars in the night of Nov. 14 to15. Tar­geted ve­hi­cles were in ar­eas where snow clear­ing op­er­a­tions were be­ing car­ried out.

Ac­cord­ing to the RPM, there were eas­ily a hun­dred ve­hi­cles that were parked il­le­gally in the street that night across the mu­nic­i­pal ter­ri­tory. Po­lice only handed out tick­ets to those com­pli­cat­ing the work of road work­ers, how­ever, such as in the Saint-alphonse Street area where snow banks had be­come dan­ger­ous.

Even though po­lice in­ter­vened ac­cord­ing to the rules, they quickly re­al­ized that there was a gen­eral mis­un­der­stand­ing. Ob­vi­ously, the cit­i­zens had mis­in­ter­preted the new reg­u­la­tion, par­tic­u­larly with re­spect to its start time. Faced with such con­fu­sion and af­ter dis­cus­sion with the City of Ma­gog, they chose to can­cel the tick­ets and is­sued sim­ple warn­ings.

The episode has served as a warn­ing to the driv­ers as well as those who got wind of the sit­u­a­tion and, ap­par­ently, the sit­u­a­tion had im­proved al­most en­tirely by the next day.

The new reg­u­la­tion for­bids park­ing a ve­hi­cle on pub­lic roads af­ter Novem­ber 15 in­stead of Novem­ber 1. How­ever, un­til De­cem­ber 15, the ban can be lifted tem­po­rar­ily if con­di­tions are fa­vor­able. To find out and avoid a ticket, cit­i­zens should con­sult the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity's web­site. Ev­ery day, the in­for­ma­tion is com­mu­ni­cated from 4 pm for the night to come.

The city of Sher­brooke has a sim­i­lar sys­tem of daily up­dates on the le­gal­ity of night time street park­ing. To date, the night park­ing ban has been in ef­fect only five nights since the 15th of Novem­ber in the city, al­though more than 200 tick­ets have been is­sued as a re­sult. The staff and board mem­bers of the Len­noxville and Dis­trict Women's Cen­tre wel­comed the pub­lic into their new of­fices for an open house last Fri­day. The new of­fice, across the hall from the rid­ing of­fice of Marie-claude Bibeau at 175 Queen Street, has been open to the pub­lic since mid-oc­to­ber but Fri­day's open-house marked the first pub­lic gath­er­ing in the space.

The Women's Cen­tre opted to move from their for­mer home in the Mar­guerite Knapp Build­ing (257 Queen) fol­low­ing the news that un­sus­tain­able main­te­nance costs on the build­ing were lead­ing the East­ern Town­ships School Board to hav­ing sec­ond thoughts about rent­ing the space out. Al­though the com­mu­nity hub was even­tu­ally given a cleaner bill of short-term health than ex­pected, the LDWC went ahead with mov­ing out of the build­ing in favour of a space closer to the cen­tre of town.

GOR­DON LAM­BIE

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