Parryville Council on Friday adopted an ordinance that establishes general parking regulations within the borough, including when removal and impoundment of illegally-parked vehicles will be allowed, and parking rules on certain borough streets during snow emergencies.
The parking ordinance has been in the discussion phase for months and once the budget was completed for 2010 last month, council turned its attention to completing the parking ordinance so that it would be ready for winter.
The ordinance spells out where people are prohibited to park and regulates where unlicensed cars may be parked or stored in the borough or on private property.
It also states where oversize vehicles, such as buses, motor homes and trucks or cars with an attached trailer, may or not be parked. It will be unlawful to park oversize vehicles on Peach Alley, Water Street, Oak Street, Chestnut Drive and Main Street.
The ordinance spells out what happens to people who park within an intersection, on a crosswalk, a sidewalk, within 25 feet from intersection of curb lines, or within 30 feet of a any official flashing signal, stop sign or traffic signal, within 15 feet of a fire, in front of a private driveway, alongside any street or highway excavation or obstruction, on a highway side of any vehicle stopped, at the curb or edge of a highway, where official signs have been erected prohibiting standing or parking, or within 50 feet of the nearest rail or railway crossing.
The ordinance also prohibits parking or storing a vehicle in an alley.
The ordinance will give the borough the authority to remove and impound vehicles which are parked in towaway zones.
Fines for violating the parking ordinance will range from $25 to $100.
One section of the ordinance regulates the movement of traffic to combat the hazards of snow and ice on snow emergency routes.
The ordinance will be enforced by local police, state police or the mayor.
Council also mentioned the impending litigation against Riverwalck Restaurant. Attorney Michael Greek, solicitor for the borough, noted that an injunction has been filed in Carbon County Court by Parryville Borough because the owner of Riverwalck allegedly never secured a permit to build. The hearing will be held Dec. 10.
Council member Phyllis Smith defended Riverwalck's progress and said that in such situations, both parties should be able to discuss the problem and come up with a solution as adults.
After she made her comments, she promptly resigned her position on council.
Council president Michael Grant did not accept the resignation.
"I am hoping that after she cools off she will reconsider her resignation," said Grant.
Council also discussed a problem with gray water drainage on Main Street and other drainage problems in the borough.
Council plans to hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 22, to adopt an ordinance that will impose a $52 municipal services tax on adult residents. It will be used to help pay for street repairs or costs for public safety for residents of the borough.