Youngsville Council discusses proposed parking ordinances

Youngsville Borough Council’s meeting Monday afternoon spawned discussion over proposed parking ordinances, but action on the issue was ultimately tabled pending further review.

Three council members were unable to attend the meeting, including John Barhydt, who wanted to review the measure before its passage by council.

According to Youngsville Borough Police Chief Todd Mineweaser, the ordinances are an attempt to consolidate and codify parking violations and fine rates prior to purchasing new parking tickets.

“This is all state law,” Mineweaser said of things included in the proposed ordinance. “We’re just formalizing it like everywhere else has… So we don’t have to write out a full citation every time somebody does something like this.”

Passing an ordinance prior to ordering new parking tickets will allow the purchase of tickets tailored to borough law to be placed on vehicles. A written citation, on the other hand, necessitates a court appearance.

Acting Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg said Barhydt had expressed an interest in having the borough’s streets and sidewalks committee review the ordinance and make recommendations to council.

While council was unable to take formal action, there was room for agreement on some matters.

Council agreed unanimously that it would like to see an ordinance with reduced fine rates for violations of odd-even parking laws. The fines are currently set at $25 due to the format of current parking tickets, which borough police are nearly out of. A fine of $10 was agreed upon by council members.

“Warren is $10,” Councilmember Pam Olewine noted.

Council also agreed the ordinance should include provisions outlining fines for illegally parking in handicap spaces and parking in the wrong direction.

A fine of $40 for handicap parking violations was agreed upon.

“I think a stiffer penalty for handicap is warranted,” Councilmember Erik Leamon said.

The matter was tabled until revisions to the proposed amendment could be made.

Council also appointed two members to the Recreation Commission.

Following the resignation of Sam Walters, Collette Nelson was approved by council to fill his vacancy. Additionally, Tonya Upton was approved to fill a vacancy on behalf of Brokenstraw Township.

Hagberg announced borough accounts totaled $799,060.59 at year’s end. The figure, she said, is approximately $261,000 higher than the borough began the year with.

Discussion over stray cats was also on the table, though no formal action was taken.

Leamon reported he had been approached by a borough resident concerning cats urinating on the resident’s porch.

“I didn’t know if we had anything (ordinances) or not,” Leamon said.

Hagberg said stray cat issues are difficult to regulate as cats aren’t required to be licensed like dogs, but that in the past the Warren County Humane Society has made crates available for residents who wanted to trap the animals and then drop them off at the society.

“We had a problem a few years ago and brought it up during committee,” Olewine recalled. “We couldn’t come up with anything.”

Mayor James Farr announced the Youngsville Bicentennial Committee will be meeting at Dairy Queen at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 26. He urged council members to attend if possible.

Hagberg reported streetscape is moving forward as the borough works out details of the contract for the project with PennDOT.

“We’re working out the bugs to get the contract out,” she said.