The $1 fine for parking longer than two hours on the Carthage Square or the streets around the Square could be going up to $5 if the Carthage City Council gives final approval to an ordinance at its next meeting on Aug. 8.
The $1 fine for parking longer than two hours on the Carthage Square or the streets around the Square could be going up to $5 if the Carthage City Council gives final approval to an ordinance in two weeks.
This ordinance also sets the times when this fine could be enforced as between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Specific times were not set in the previous parking ordinance.
The measure was heard on first reading at the Carthage City Council meeting on Tuesday and will likely see a final vote at the Aug. 8 Council meeting.
The measure calls for fines for a parking ticket would be $5 if paid in the first 72 hours.
The fine would be $25 for any parking ticket after the first three in a 30-day period.
Currently the fines are $1 for the first four and $10 after that.
The current ordinance also prohibits moving a vehicle from one spot to another just to avoid a parking ticket.
The area covered under the parking ordinance includes the Square and all streets bounded by Central Avenue on the north, Garrison Avenue on the west, Howard Street on the east and Sixth Street on the south.
According to the minutes of a recent Council Public Safety Committee meeting, where the new ordinance was crafted, Council Member Jason Shelfer, who serves on the Public Safety Committee, said the parking ordinance is not being followed and people who work in the Courthouse or at other Square businesses are moving their vehicles within the two-hour period to try to avoid the ticket.
The motion to send the ordinance to the full council was approved by the committee.
Shelfer told the council on Tuesday the change would not solve all the parking problems on the Square.
“This change is not a solution to the ongoing parking problem,” Shelfer said. “It's a minor tweak in the current law enforcement technique.”
In other business, the council approved the reappointment of three current members to the Carthage Public Library board.
Eric Putnam, Justin Baucom and Gary Cole will continue on that board.
The council also appointed Bill Hawkins, Jeff Steffen and Kristi Montague to the Police and Fire Pension Committee.