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Parking fines to increase downtown

April 08, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - The pink parking ticket that a borough police officer puts on a windshield when time on the meter has expired will cost $5 instead of $2.

The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday adopted an ordinance that not only raises the basic fine for an expired parking meter, but authorizes increases for other parking violations.

The vote was unanimous. Only Councilman Jahnathan Cain explained why he voted for the measure.

"Our fines are not that excessive," Cain said.

The increase will deter residents who live in apartments along Main Street from parking in front of their residences all day and tying up meters in front of businesses, he said.

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Fines not paid within 72 hours double. If not paid within 10 days, a citation is issued by the district justice with additional fines and court costs added on, the new ordinance said. An unpaid $5 parking ticket eventually could cost $50 or more, depending on the fine and court costs.

Before Wednesday's vote, vehicle owners were subject to citations issued through the district justice's office for parking within 15 feet of a hydrant, in a fire lane, within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, more than 12 inches from the curb and against traffic. Court costs were added to the fines.

The new law softens the pain somewhat by charging a flat $15 fee for those violations which can be paid as a simple parking ticket - by mailing it in or putting in a drop slot at the Borough Hall.

Wednesday's vote mandates a $50 fine for parking in declared snow emergency areas and $25 for parking in handicapped zones.

It will cost $10 for violating the borough rule against parking in an area posted for no parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. and for parking in an area scheduled for street sweeping.

Borough officials have said that the new parking fines are in line with neighboring municipalities.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger has said parking meters bring in about $13,000 a year. Parking fines net the borough another $6,500. The money goes into the general fund.

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