Cart not relished by all
Despite complaints, owner in line with traffic laws
September 21, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — When people stop by Bill Rivernider's hot dog stand for a frankfurter, they may or may not notice a small sign that has caused concern for some.
The sign, which hangs directly above Rivernider's tent and truck on Main Street near the intersection of Route 169, reads "Two hour parking limit," from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Despite his good intentions to serve the lunch trade, Rivernider's operation raised some eyebrows among people who have asked questions about the legality of his parking situation. Rivernider, on Monday, Sept. 20, initially declined to talk a reporter about the issue, saying he was worried what people would say about him. After hearing some questions about the issue, Rivernider, of Sturbridge, said he sets up his stand every day at 11 a.m. and closes it at 4 p.m. without breaking the rules.
"I move my truck every two hours," he said, saying Southbridge police had instructed him to do that regularly to comply with the parking regulations.
Rivernider, who calls his longtime business Dog's n Such, had indeed moved his truck at least two hours after a reporter spotted it in a different spot on Monday, Sept. 20. Also, both sides of the street had several available parking spots for people patronizing surrounding stores.
Rivernider parks his vehicle in a high traffic zone, where motorists struggle to find parking sometimes. A post office, bank, library and other stores surround the area near Rivernider, all of which see steady pedestrian traffic during the day.
For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.