After 600 parking tickets Markham couple offered way out

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The solution came quickly.

On Tuesday morning, Bill Wiles, Markham’s bylaw manager, stopped by at Jeffrey Burke and Pamela Defino’s home on Saffron St., carefully looked at their car parked perpendicular to the street, between the sidewalk and the road, a bit of the bumper sticking out, and said he would tolerate that.

Just that, not more.

“As long as it’s not a big car, like a pickup truck, and the four tires are on the driveway, even if some portion is sticking into the street, we’ll be fine,” said Wiles. “We are willing to be a bit tolerant here.”

But if the couple park any other way, the yellow tickets will be back under windshield wipers, he said. And the couple still has to pay the accumulated fines.

A story about the Markham couple’s parking problems in Tuesday’s Star ignited a maelstrom of reaction from readers.

Burke and Defino have racked up 600-plus parking tickets over the past six years, totalling, they say, about $25,000. The tickets have been written up for eight different vehicles and nine different licence plates.

The couple and their toddler daughter, Vasilika, live in a detached home in north Markham. Their one-car garage home has a small driveway, across which passes a sidewalk, set back from the street.

Burke says he can park his truck, a GMC Sierra, between the garage door and the sidewalk but there’s no place for his wife’s car, a BMW SUV. The garage is full of construction equipment, he said, and anyway it would be difficult…

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