City proposes two new parking programs


Increase in fines, dedicated spaces and fine forgiveness programs on agenda

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@aimmediamidwest.com



TROY — The city of Troy is proposing two new downtown parking programs — an Amnesty Program and a paid Placard Program — to the city’s parking codes, which includes an increase in parking fines from $20 to $25.

The Streets and Sidewalks Committee will review the proposed programs and changes at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at City Hall.

The proposed ordinance changes recommends council approve its parking fines to increase from $20 to $25 to cover administrative costs of the parking programs.

In a letter to Troy City Council President Marty Baker, Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington outlined each of the proposed programs.

If approved, the Amnesty Program would work as a one-time forgiveness program to help educate visitors who are not familiar with the city of Troy’s downtown parking regulations. Drivers who are ticketed can have their ticket voided at the police station if they can provide $25 worth of proof of purchase within the 13-block downtown business area.

“This program supports downtown business and provides an opportunity for education, instead of a financial penalty, for those who inadvertently park longer than the posted time while doing business downtown,” Titterington said.

The Placard Program proposes to dedicate 70 off-street parking spaces in the South Cherry Street and South Walnut Street parking lots. The program intends to free up “prime” parking spaces throughout downtown. The parking spaces would be purchased for $300 a year. The placard program includes a dedicated space 24 hours a day and seven days a week. If approved, the program would begin around April 2019. The Placard Program is targeted for residents, employees and property owners in the downtown area. Upon purchase, the owner would place a placard on the rear view mirror to notify officers the space has been paid for.

Other items include prohibiting “J-Turns,” addressing vehicles parking outside of painted lines on city streets and adds language to the ordinance regarding angled parking. A “J-Turn” is when a person crosses a double-lined lane to park on the opposite side of the street.

The following committee meetings will be held on Monday:

• Provide a recommendation to council regarding authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the 2018 Sidewalk Repair Program (Phase 11) at a cost not to exceed $350,000.

• Provide a recommendation to council regarding authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the Hobart Arena Parking Lot Improvements Project at a cost not to exceed $1,500,000.

• Provide a recommendation to council regarding authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety to enter into an agreement with the firm of Jackson Lewis P.C. for the purposes of collective bargaining representation.

• Provide a recommendation to council regarding authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety to enter into an agreement with Access Engineering of Celina for the design of the Harrison-Atlantic Street Waterline Project at a cost not to exceed $65,000.

Increase in fines, dedicated spaces and fine forgiveness programs on agenda

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@aimmediamidwest.com