Youngsville Council plans vote Monday on parking ordinances

You can’t just leave it lying around anywhere after all.

This Monday, Youngsville Borough Council is set to vote on a handful of ordinances intended to formalize parking violations and accompanying fines.

One ordinance amends borough law to designate general parking violations, another addresses winter parking regulations, one deals with parking in spaces designated for the disabled and another would designate an entire block as a no parking zone.

Youngsville Borough Police Chief Todd Mineweaser approached council at its January meeting on putting formal rules into place governing parking and fines.

Mineweaser said at the time the move was intended to ensure a formal ordinance was in place prior to his department ordering parking tickets, as officers have been using a generic ticket or writing up full citations for parking violations. Formalized ordinances will allow the department to order customized tickets with fine information matching borough law.

“This is all state law,” Mineweaser said at the time.

Of particular concern to council members were provisions for handicap parking, odd-even winter parking violations, parking against the flow of traffic and bringing fines into line with those in surrounding communities.

Proposed fines, which will be reviewed by the borough’s streets and sidewalk committee and submitted to council for final passage, include a $10 fine for most parking violations and a $40 fine for parking in areas reserved for those with disabilities.

The ordinance formalizing winter parking rules designates that from Nov. 1 to April 1, if no contrary ‘No Parking’ designation exists, vehicles will be required to park on the side of the street with even numbered addresses on even numbered days and on the side with odd numbered addresses on odd numbered days.

The ordinance designating a new ‘No Parking’ zone would prohibit parking on Water Street from W. Main Street to Second Street.

The ordinance formalizing parking laws dealing with disabled only designated spaces would provide wording for what constitutes a violation, essentially any parking by a vehicle not transporting or driven by someone disabled, and sets a fine for violations.

Some parking violations covered by the general parking ordinance if passed would include parking

Within 30 feet of a safety zone along the adjacent curb,

Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway,

Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when it would obstruct traffic,

Facing the flow of traffic,

Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection,

Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station,

and within 30 feet of approach to a traffic signal or sign.