Clark Howell, who lives on Emerson Avenue in Wheatland at the Farrell line, said his wife’s vehicle was ticketed by Southwest Mercer County Regional police for parking on the curb facing oncoming traffic - where they’ve been parking for 30 years.
Southwest Chief Riley Smoot said he directed police to issue tickets after warning scofflaws for the last few months.
”If we enforce this, we have to enforce it citywide,” Smoot said. “You can’t enforce one place,” and not another.
For Southwest, that means throughout Farrell, Wheatland, West Middlesex and Shenango Township.
Police issued parking tickets this weekend throughout the patrol area.
Howell’s complaint was met with sympathy by resident Frank Badalato, who happens to be the resident who first brought up the issue about the parking problems on Roemer.
Badalato said Howell’s vehicle should have been issued a warning before the actual ticket was issued.
Council will take up introducing an ordinance calling for more parking restrictions on Roemer during a special meeting April 9.