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Action Line: Basketball hoops in the streets

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Question: I've noticed a lot of my neighbors have basketball hoops in the streets year-round. It's a great sport, but the hoops are a bit unsightly and can block parking spaces when they aren't being used. Is that allowed in Windsor?

Answer: No.

According to the Windsor Municipal Code, obstructions of highways or other passageways is not allowed in Windsor.

Jeremiah Sauter, code enforcement officer for the Windsor Police Department, said something as seemingly innocuous as a basketball hoop can cause difficulties for residents of the neighborhood.

Sauter, who has to deal with a wide variety of code enforcement issues in town, won't worry too much about basketball hoops, but if a resident calls and says they're causing problems, he'll check it out.

Often, Sauter said, the basketball hoops could make it hard to find parking on the street, or stop a person in a wheelchair from traveling on the sidewalk, especially if there's snow on the ground around it.

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The fine for such an obstruction is $57, but Sauter said he doesn't remember ever having to fine someone over a basketball hoop: Most just move them after he asks.

If something is obstructing a sidewalk or the street and causing problems, residents can call the Windsor Police Department at (970) 674-6400.

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