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Dec 30, 2015 1:46 PM

Manchester parking ban has city cashing in during after NH's first snowfall

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MANCHESTER - N.H. residents spent Wednesday morning cleaning off their cars after the first snowfall of the season.

But it was a frustration morning for some - especially those at Derryfield Park, where the city's impoundment lot is located.

Some Queen City drivers were not happy, especially when they say Manchester cashes in every time it snows.

“It looks like they just go out and tow people for money and drop them off here,” said Giovanni Castellannos who had his car towed to Derryfield.

First time driver Erica McKinney also endured the "joy" of winter driving.

“They said yeah [the car] got towed," she said. "I had no idea why, I was pretty upset about it."

McKinney lives on Country Club Drive where 50 cars were towed Tuesday night.

McKinney said her apartment complex doesn’t giver her much option on where to park.

“[My landlords] give us papers telling us to get out cars out of the lot so the lot can be plowed, but then we can’t put them on the street," said McKinney. "Where are the cars on the street supposed to go?”

So, how much is Manchester getting every time snow clogs the roadways?

After New Hampshire's first snow storm this season, the city took 193 cars off the roads.

Each person who picked up their car Wednesday morning paid $110 - a total of $21,230 collected at Derryfield Park.

Twenty five dollars of each fee paid goes back to the general fund for the city of Manchester - $849.20 on Wednesday alone.

“Yup $110 dollars, a lot of money that I have right?” said McKinney.

The Manchester Parking division did not return NH1 News calls, but Parkopedia.com shows that Victory Garage - one of two free garages open to residents during snow emergencies - has about 900 spots to park.

But it's not always that easy. The first few floors are reserved spots and Manchester residents have to fight for a spot the second it starts to snow.

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