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Mayor Hahn vetoes overnight parking restrictions ordinance

Mayor Donald Hahn vetoed the overnight parking restrictions ordinance Wednesday. (WJAC)

STATE COLLEGE – Mayor Donald Hahn vetoed the overnight parking restrictions ordinance affecting the "highlands" neighborhood for Penn State football weekends Wednesday.

Council members had just passed the ordinance Monday. Before the vote Monday there was a very heated debate. 6 News talked with Hahn and a supporter of the ordinance -- who both hope some improvements can be made to this plan."

"The public and the transportation commission need to react to this particular ordinance for council to make as good of a decision as it can," Hahn said.

Hahn stepped in after a lot of back and forth and disagreements about the overnight parking restrictions.

Cathy Dauler is one of the council members who voted in favor of the ordinance, Monday.

"I had no idea that he was considering this, so it was really shocking," Dauler said.

The Highlands Civic Association had originally requested police enforce a parking restriction from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on football weekends to help people who live in the neighborhood.

"I'm disappointed,” Dauler said. “I sort of look at the veto as the nuclear option. Without that 2 to 6 a.m. restriction where people have to move their cars ... people just feel they can leave them, there."

One neighbor who spoke out in favor of the restriction Monday told me: he's not discouraged by the veto, and hopes they'll come up with something better.

"This isn't our exact proposal -- there's going to be difficulty and there's going to be stuff to iron out but we got to start somewhere,” Highlands resident David Stone said. “And we already have problems so I think we're willing to be the guinea pig."

Meanwhile Hahn says -- he's just doing his duty and looking out for the public like he was elected to do so.

"If I don’t think it’s a good ordinance, I'll veto it and I think that the public really is entitled to know if the mayor supports an ordinance or doesn’t support an ordinance even if it has overwhelming support from council," Hahn said.

Council members say they're hopeful things will get worked out for concerned residents. They can overturn the veto at their next meeting Monday at 4:30 p.m. but they would need all five votes. This is the first time since taking office, that Hahn would veto an ordinance passed by the council.

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