Richard Smith read carefully the Taneytown community newsletter which explained that the street sweepers would come through July 18. He moved his car.
It was towed anyway, costing him $52.
The problem wasn't with Mr. Smith, but the street sweepers who didn't get the job done July 18. By the time police posted "No Parking" signs for July 19 about 9 p.m. the night before, Mr. Smith already had parked his car for the evening.
The next morning his car was gone.
"That was wrong," Mayor W. Robert Flickinger said. "If they were going to be towed, they should have been towed on the day we advertised it was going to happen."
The City Council voted unanimously last week to order a refund of towing fees and to rescind parking fines for the owners of three cars towed that day.
"It's good to see the council do the right thing," said Mr. Smith. "I guess they put themselves in our place, that they wouldn't want something like this to happen to them."