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Man ticketed in front of his home sparks “narrow streets” debate

A man was ticketed while parked in front of his house. Now, concerns are rising about narrow streets in Springfield. (WRSP)

A man was ticketed while parked in front of his house. Now, concerns are rising about narrow streets in Springfield.

"I was a little annoyed and shocked,” said Mateo Sidoli, who lives on the 2600 block of Yale Boulevard. “Kind of all of the above."

Sidoli was ticketed after parking in the grass area in front of his house.

"I’ve had my mirror hit twice parked on the street,” Sidoli said. “My neighbor, he actually had his truck sideswiped about a month ago, so it's just kind of iffy parking here on the street."

Meteo left his car in the grass directly in front of his house for a few days and came back to a ticket without warning.

Feeling wronged, he took it to court; but that’s when he realized there was a bigger problem.

Court told Mateo to avoid a ticket, he could have parked on the street.

The regulation told to Mateo, between two parked cars there should be at least 15 feet of driving space.

After measuring, Mateo noticed near 2600 Yale Boulevard, if two cars are parked on either side of the street in front of his house, it's only 9 feet; so he didn't have many options.

For Mateo, there was no parking in the street, nor on the grass, and he didn’t have a driveway in front of his house. Other residents say they've seen the same.

"Cars go flying through here,” said John and Tracy Rivera, who’s lived in Harvard Park for 18 years, “So it's kind of dangerous to be parking on the road, but then again, if you've got more than one car and you can't park it in the driveway, you've got to be able to park it somewhere."

Tuesday, Mateo brought his concern up to City Council.

Within a day, Public Works let him know he'd have free parking in front of his house until they found a solution, possibly a placard or permit.

"Really what it comes down to,” said Public Works director, Mark Mahoney. “Is it's an area that needs modernization if we can put in storm sewer put in curbs, gutters, if we expanded the street to accommodate it wouldn't be an issue, but we obviously don't have the funds to do that right now."

Mateo said he just hopes to “just [keep] everyone safe."

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