Man nets fine for defying 'basketball' bylaw

Anthony Abbondanza
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Robert Connors, pictured here getting dunked on by 16-year-old son, Tommy, was fined $148 for leaving his basketball net at the edge of his property.

A Beaconsfield man said he’s being singled out by the city after receiving a hefty $148 fine for placing his basketball net at the edge of his property.

The fine was issued in mid-May by a patrol unit officer, claiming “sport equipment, like basketball and hockey nets, was on public property,” and contravening bylaw-033, art. 8.4.

According to Robert Connors, the city is wasting valuable resources over a basketball net, of which his 16-year-old son Tommy regularly makes use, that’s been sitting outside his Beacon Hill home the last decade.

“I’m going to fight this. This whole thing pisses me off,” Connors told The Chronicle.

Connors was previously warned twice in April and early May before he was issued a fine.

“No one has ever bothered me about it or complained about it,” the Beaconsfield resident said at the time.

In April, a city official told The Chronicle residents are not only prohibited from placing objects permanently on  Beaconsfield streets, but also on the edge of their front lawn or driveway – property that is owned by the municipality – for safety reasons.

 “We can’t tolerate a twelve-feet high object that can cause threats to citizens,” urban planning director Denis Chabot said about the general use of basketball nets. “Usually people understand the reality and fully cooperate.”

Chabot added the danger is specific to automated street sweepers, the conductors “frequently poking their heads outside the truck.”

Connors isn’t buying any of it.

“I guess it’s too much trouble to go around the basketball net,” Connors said. “Is this another issue of corporate profits taking precedence over our kids’ health?”

The Beaconsfielder is undergoing the process of contesting the fine.

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Organizations: The Chronicle

Geographic location: Beacon Hill

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