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Skaneateles: Don't get the boot - pay your parking tickets

"When you combine the boot and the [iPARK] software, there's comfort in knowing that people who get the boot deserve the boot," Lynn said.

The parking ticket software, which keeps track of who has tickets and how many they have, will improve the efficiency of the villages ticketing system, Carlson said.

Resident Mary Sennett said sending so many notices seems too nice of the village.

"We don't want to be known as the village from hell where you can't come into town without getting the boot," Carlson responded.

Police Chief Lloyd Perkins said the new software allows for the courtesy envelope system to also be accounted for, which has long been in place. The software also makes it easy to check for any outstanding tickets -- log onto iparkapp.com to run plate numbers and see if there are any unpaid tickets associated with your vehicle.

The village will be purchasing a wheel lock device for approximately $500, a one-time purchase that Perkins says he hopes the police department will never have to use. Currently, there are about $40,000 in unpaid parking tickets, he said.

According to Village Attorney Michael Byrne, in the village of Lake Placid a vehicle was put on one of the streets with a wheel lock device on it, which served as a motivator for people to pay the outstanding tickets they had.

"Hearing of this impending local law, people have come in and paid several of their tickets," Byrne said.

The village board voted to adopt the new law unanimously. Local Law No. 1 of 2010 will take effect upon filing with the Secretary of State in Albany.

The trustees also voted in favor of an amnesty period for anyone with outstanding tickets. The amnesty period, effective through Monday May 31, will allow people to voluntarily pay the face value of their tickets.

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