City to tow abandoned vehicles from school parking lots

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Abandoned cars at Warring School.

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Poughkeepsie City School District has been dealing with a longstanding problem of vehicles parked illegally in their lots.  The illegal parking will now be addressed by the City of Poughkeepsie Parking Enforcement Unit.

The agreement, originally approved by the common council earlier this year, will allow the city’s parking enforcement agents to ticket illegally parked vehicles and tow abandoned vehicles that have been left in school district lots.  

According to the resolution authorized by the Board of Education in early October, the City of Poughkeepsie will be issuing parking permits for vehicles authorized to use the lots.

Both the city and the school district resolutions claim that the Intermunicipal Agreement will save taxpayer dollars.

A school district parking lot at the Warring School on Mansion Street has become home to several abandoned vehicles and is allegedly being used by area mechanics to work on vehicles.  The asphalt is severely oil-stained and resembles a junkyard, according to neighbors.  At a recent visit to the lot, a Mid-Hudson News reporter witnessed five men working on a pickup truck that was illegally parked on the sidewalk in front of the Dutcher Avenue school district lot.  Oil was flowing from the vehicle onto the sidewalk.

The parking enforcement unit will be enforcing the city’s parking regulations at the following schools and lots:

Warring Elementary School

Poughkeepsie Middle School

Poughkeepsie High School

Morse Elementary School

Krieger Elementary School

ClintonThe information provided to the parking enforcement agents did not include information regarding parking at the school district offices on South Perry Street.  The documentation provided also does not indicate the process for obtaining a parking permit or the date that the agreement will go into effect.

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