Anyone who’s walked to their car and seen a bill hidden under their windshield wiper blade knows how much it can spike your blood pressure, but for a brief moment, at least Niagara Falls residents can pull the make the most of a bad situation by turning this post into something positive.
The City of Niagara Falls is once again offering those arrested by city parking enforcement personnel for a parking violation a chance to put a smile on a kid’s face on Christmas Day.
Until December 2, people can choose to buy a new toy for a child instead of paying for their parking ticket, through the annual Toys for Tickets program.
Tickets issued from November 1 to this date are eligible for the program.
Toys must be unboxed and accompanied by a receipt, and the value of the gift must be equal to or greater than the amount of the ticket.
The city said Project SHARE and the Salvation Army note that 12- to 15-year-olds need gifts the most. Good gift ideas include movies, music and clothing or gift cards/certificates for those items, the city said.
Toys can be dropped off at any of the City’s Finance Department offices at City Hall on Queen Street or the MacBain Community Center on Montrose Road from December 5-9.
The city reminds residents that it has a zero-tolerance enforcement policy in school safety zones, which prohibits stopping vehicles, even momentarily, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid a conflict with traffic or under the direction of a police officer. Violating this will cost you $60.
Parking is prohibited in these areas, the parking of a vehicle being permitted only for the purpose and while it is actively engaged in the loading and unloading of passengers. Drivers sitting in the vehicle waiting for passengers or bells will be considered illegally parked and will be subject to a $30 fine.
The city also reminded motorists that Niagara Falls prohibits on-street parking on all streets year-round between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Violations of this rule result in a minimum fine of $30.
The city has an overnight parking request system where people can request to park on the street overnight for special occasions or to accommodate overnight guests. However, overnight parking requests cannot be approved during snow removal operations.
People who do not have entry or the ability to park all of their vehicles off the road overnight can also apply for an overnight parking permit at a cost of $100 taxes included. For more information on this, call 905-356-7521 ext. 4700.
This same number can be called if you need to park overnight on the street due to roof repairs, driveway repairs, or other reasons such as replacing a curb or sidewalk that restricts access at your entrance. A 24-hour notice is generally required, the city said.