November 8, 2018 4:13 pm
Updated: November 8, 2018 5:28 pm

Pointe St-Charles residents angered after temporary no-parking signs placed on street

A group of residents in Pointe-St-Charles aren't pleased after their block became off-limits for parking. As Global's Billy Shields reports, city officials say they are looking into the situation.

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Residents along Rushbrooke Street in Pointe St-Charles are steamed after city workers turned their block into a no-parking zone literally overnight, apparently to do sewer work.

The block of Rushbrooke between Hibernia and Charlevoix was covered with portable orange signs on Monday evening.

“I didn’t know whether to take them seriously or not. So 7:15 the next morning I get up and thought ‘maybe I should move my car just in case,'” said Mark Zajazkowski, who lives on the street.

“And the next thing I know about 20 after seven a tow truck shows up.”

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The truck was going to tow the car of his neighbour, Robert Morselli. But Zajazkowski says he was able to warn him and he moved his car.

Both men complain that the city didn’t communicate with residents before doing work that was likely planned in advance.

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City officials told Global News they’re looking into the situation. According to ticket attorney Avi Levy, the city needs to give only 12 hours notice before it can enforce portable no-parking signs, but fines can often be contested because workers don’t keep scrupulous records.

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