Council Considers Change in Parking Fee Distribution

Updated 40 weeks ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Council Considers Change in Parking Fee Distribution

A proposal has been made that would correct the bond compliance shortfall that has threatened to raise parking rates in Huntington. Capt. Mike Wilson explained at the Thursday work session of council  that during a “game changing” audit the Municipal Parking Board learned  they needed a $90,000 revenue source.

Currently, the parking board does not receive the majority of overdue parking citations. Most of the collection goes into the general fund.

Wilson indicated that parking rates were last raised in 2000. He said that the board makes $325,000 a year in quarters. In addition to placing a heavier burden on workers, shoppers and students, each meter would have to be reprogrammed at an increased rate. For instance , doubling the rate would bring in much more than the needed $90,000.

Other options explored were raising the cost of parking tickets. To generate the bond compliance amount, the fine would go from $5 to $12.  Tickets become delinquent f unpaid after seven days.  The delinquent fine would shoot to an “inordinately high”  $62, Capt. Wilson said.

“Give us the revenue we generate without putting a burden on citizens,” Wilson said at the work session, stressing that like other city agencies the parking board will speed up efforts of collecting unpaid tickets, too.

The ordinance will have its first reading at tonight’s council meeting.

One resolution grants emergency approval of the new City Hall  boiler  that provides heat for the first floor. David Hagley, public works director, stated “removal and installation” is in progress. The cost is $75,000.

Council meets precisely at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10 in Council Chamber at Huntington City Hall.

 

5. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re: AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AMENDING, MODIFYING AND REENACTING ARTICLE 363 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON, AS REVISED, REGARDING PARKING METERS

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Frances Jackson

 

6. Resolution re: A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL RATIFYING, APPROVING AND CONFIRMING AN EMERGENCY PURCHASE IN ORDER TO PURCHASE A NEW BOILER FOR CITY HALL

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Frances Jackson

 

7. Resolution re: A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE TONY HAWK FOUNDATION ACCEPTING A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR “CHALLENGE GRANT” FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SKATEPARK AT DAVID W. HARRIS RIVERFRONT PARK

 

Sponsored by: Councilman Scott Caserta

 

8. Confirmation of Appointment: KYOVA INTERSTATE PLANNING COMMISSION – Tom Bell (1st term, filling a vacant position)

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

 

9. Confirmation of Appointment: KYOVA INTERSTATE PLANNING COMMISSION – Randy Yohe (1st term, filling a vacant position)

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

 

10. Confirmation of Appointment: KYOVA INTERSTATE PLANNING COMMISSION – Howard Anderson (1st term, filling a vacant position)

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

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