BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–If you have a gravel driveway in Buffalo, you could find yourself with a parking ticket, a $60 parking ticket.
That caused a shock for some folks in the Clinton-Bailey neighborhood.
Gravel driveways are a lot cheaper than paved, and require less maintenance, but in the City of Buffalo parking on a gravel driveway is a violation of the city’s parking ordinances. But there is a way to make it legal.
They cleared Baitz Avenue for a memorial procession, last week, honoring 27-year-old Matthew Lawicki who had died in a traffic accident.
Many of the Baitz Avenue residents parked in their gravel driveways, including Sheila Brown.
Sheila woke up to find a parking ticket on her car, so did Terri Kilanowski.
They were cited for parking in an unpaved area of a front or side yard.
Tim Kilanowski is in a tough spot because he is renting and has no control over whether the driveway is paved.
But for Sheila Brown, the parking ticket was like a slap in the face.
Sheila is Matt Lewicki’s mom, and the 50-vehicle procession brought his ashes to the family’s front door. It was supposed to be a celebration of his life.
But once city officials were made aware of the solemn occasion, the parking tickets were rescinded, a relief to Sheila who is true to her faith.
If you have a gravel driveway, are planning a gravel driveway, or what is known as a “green driveway,” you can avoid parking tickets under the city’s new Green Code by contacting the Commissioner of Permit and Inspection Services at City Hall, in writing.
To request a review of your unpaved driveway, send a written letter requesting notice of compliance to: Commissioner of Permit & Inspection Services, 65 Niagara Square, Room 324, Buffalo, NY 14202.