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Council considers handicapped parking ordinance; eligibility rules

Published October 30. 2013 05:00PM

Weissport Council is considering adopting an ordinance that will regulate on street handicapped parking and will also make provisions to maintain eligibility for existing handicapped parking spaces beyond Dec. 31.

The new ordinance would put Weissport Mayor Jonathan Troutman in charge of reviewing applications and make recommendations to council. Council will have the authority to approve or reject applications based on criteria in the ordinance.

Based on the ordinance, the mayor will review all handicapped parking spaces annually to determine whether the individuals requesting the handicapped parking spaces continue to be eligible under the criteria.

According to the proposed ordinance, the applicant must exhibit proof that he or she has qualified for a handicapped person's license plate under the regulations issued by the state Department of Transportation.

Also only one handicapped parking space will be allowed per person in Weissport and only one handicapped parking space will be allowed per home. No handicapped parking space will be permitted if the applicant has a reasonably accessible off-street parking space.

The application fee is $250 per handicapped parking request. The fees will be used to cover the cost of the materials and labor to establish the parking space.

Each approved application will be reviewed annually, not later than Jan. 15, and there will be a $10 fee assessed each year.

Anyone not authorized for parking at the handicapped space may be fined $25 up to $600 plus costs of prosecution and nonpayment of finds and costs may subject the offender to imprisonment in county jail for up to 30 days.

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