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Village board changes parking ticket fees, enforcement, regulations

— Although the existing code allows for police to boot a vehicle after one unpaid ticket, the department had been allowing violators three unpaid tickets as a courtesy before the device was used, Hayes said. The police will now be doing a more diligent enforcement and begin booting vehicles after only one unpaid ticket, Hayes said.

Another change in the ticketing procedure will be the allowance of “forgiveness” tickets to parking violators. The current procedures allow for one forgiven ticket — or “freebie” — to ticketed vehicles (identified by license plate number) every six months; the new procedure will allow for only one forgiveness per license plate number throughout the total existence of that number.

The village board and police department currently are considering — but have not approved — the implementation of a 30-day grace period to any violators, meaning if they pay their overdue fines within the grace period they will receive no additional fines.

“So now is the time [for violators] to take care of this,” Hayes said. “Your responsibility as a citizen is to dispute or pay the fines, [because this has not been happening] that has caused us to go this route.”

In addition to changing the parking violation fee schedule and enforcement guidelines, the village board also agreed at its Feb. 4 meeting to direct all parking ticket appeals to Village Attorney Jim Stokes rather than the village board or the village court. Stokes will therefore act as a sort of “district attorney” on the issue, said Mayor Kurt Wheeler. “It’s just a procedural thing,” he said.

Another parking issue the board addressed is to direct the police to begin a more vigorous enforcement of cars parked illegally along Emory Avenue. Last summer the village approved the widening of the street to allow for more parking in designated areas as a way to protect the historic village green from cars tearing up the grass by parking on it. People continue to park there, however, and a more “rigorous” enforcement is needed, Wheeler said.

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