Skaneateles: Ticketing just got easier

The village of Skaneateles is making a move into the electronic age.

On Monday Jan. 11 the village Board of Trustees voted to approve the purchase of a Web-based service to track parking tickets.

"This comes out of the parking committee you formed," said Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins.

The company, iSafeTECH, is based in Solvay and is the same company that developed Intranet software for the Solvay Police Department, he said.

The Web-based program used by police departments is called iPARK and not only does it allow police and village officials to keep track of parking tickets, but those who have received violations can punch in their license plate number to see what tickets they have.

Use of the program comes with a price tag, though -- $250 per month for the first year and $325 a month after the year is up.

Regardless of the cost, Perkins said the program will give the police department and the village office staff a leg up by automating letters and everything else that goes with parking tickets.

"This will be the first step in changing how we collect parking fees," Perkins said.

While the company provided information regarding the cost and the program, Attorney Michael Byrne said the agreement doesn't say much beyond that.

"I would like to make sure the village can terminate at any time, at the end of any month," he said.

Perkins said should the village choose to terminate the agreement, all data pertaining to the village belongs to the municipality. He requested the board approve the service contingent on there being a clearly defined termination policy.

As for how the program works, it appears to be fairly simple.

Perkins said the police department personnel will enter data -- as they do now -- into the site such as plate number, date, time and location of the ticket and who the plate is registered to. The department and village office staff can manage a prompt daily to print letters to be sent to those in violation.

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