The Havre de Grace City Council will hold a public hearing Monday night to solicit citizen sentiment on a proposed ordinance which would establish new fines, fees, and penalties for some of the most common and flagrant parking and traffic violations in the city.
The mayor and city council retained an expert who reviewed Havre de Grace’s parking issues and recommended that enforcement of parking violations be increased. One of the primary issues with parking violation enforcement has been that the fines for parking violations of the City Code were too low to be able to make use of the Motor Vehicle Administration vehicle registration flagging mechanism.
The mayor and city council determined that the fines and penalties for violations of the City Code should be set as recommended by the Havre de Grace Chief of Police, who subsequently researched the most frequent and most troublesome parking violations in the city.
The new fines and penalties established in the proposed ordinance include:
Handicapped Parking: $125.00
Vehicles, Driving over Curbs or Sidewalks: $100.00
Imitation of Signs, Signals: $100.00
Vehicles Display or Repair on Streets: $100.00
Fire Lane: $50.00
Too Close to Fire Hydrant: $50.00
Abandoned Vehicle: $50.00
Parking at Yellow/Red Curb or “No Parking Zone”: $25.00
Time Limit Violation: $25.00
Parking Facing Wrong Direction: $25.00
Prohibited Parking on City Property: $25.00
Angled Parking: $25.00
Commercial Vehicle in Residential Zone: $25.00
Parking on a sidewalk: $25.00
Other Parking Violations: $25.00
Interference with traffic control devices and Markings: $25.00
Failure to comply with Signs, Signals and Directions: $25.00
Obstruction of Intersections, Crosswalks or Sidewalk: $25.00
Violation of City Ordinance: $25.00
The city council willl also consider a resolution Monday night which would establish a permanent one-way street for the western most portion of the 800 block of Erie Street, to prevent traffic on Erie Street from entering Route 40.
Also on the agenda are the appointments of Robert Greene to the Historic Preservation Commission and William Jiles to the Ethics Commission.
The meeting begins with the public hearing at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
The full agenda is listed below:
COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
August 1, 2011
Public Hearing: 7:00 p.m.
AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND ARTICLE 23A AND HAVRE DE GRACE CITY CODE CHARTER 190 VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC SETTING FINES AND PENALTIES FOR PARKING VIOLATIONS.
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Opening Prayer by: Chaplain Frank Roth of the Susquehanna Hose Company
5. Approval of the Minutes: July 18, 2011
6. Presentations: None
A. Mr. Robert Greene- Appointment to the Historic Preservation Commission (Council President Martin)
B. Mr. William Jiles- Reappointment to the Ethics Commission (Council President Martin)
8. Oath of Office: (Administered by Mayor Dougherty)
A. Mr. Robert Greene
9. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:
A Resolution concerning the traffic pattern on Erie Street (Councilmember Martin)
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 23A OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, THE HAVRE DE GRACE CITY CHARTER SECTION 34 AND THE HAVRE DE GRACE CITY CODE CHAPTER 190 SECTION 190-2B, TO ESTABLISH A PERMANENT ONE-WAY STREET FOR THE WESTERN MOST PORTION OF THE 800 BLOCK OF ERIE STREET TO PREVENT TRAFFIC ON ERIE STREET FROM ENTERING MARYLAND ROUTE 40.
11. Ordinances: None
12. Unfinished Business/Old Business: None
13. New Business:
A. Budget Amendment Request 2012-01 (Council President Martin)
14. Director’s Report:
A. Ms. Carol Mathis – Director of Administration
B. Mr. Neal Mills-Director of Planning
C. Mr. George DeHority- Director of Finance
D. Mr. Larry Parks – Director of Public Works
E. Chief Teresa Walter- Police Department
15. Business from Mayor Dougherty:
16. Business from Council:
A. Councilmember Wagner:
B. Councilmember Correri
C. Councilmember Miller:
D. Councilmember Cullum:
E. Councilmember Craig:
17. Business from Council President Martin:
18. Comments from Citizens