Brookville Approves New Parking Ordinance

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Brookville Borough has a new parking ordinance.

Council passed the measure at Tuesday night’s meeting, but there is one major difference to what was proposed at earlier meetings.

Brookville Borough residents can park in their front yards without having an improved surface.

More borough residents came to the meeting to talk about their concerns about the ordinance.

“I have about 30 people over for Christmas and many of them park in the front yard,” Gary Kahle said. “I would hope this council would accept some exceptions to what is being proposed.”

Sandy Snyder returned to voice her thoughts.

“To a lot of people this is taking away another right from us. Taxes are going up, there was no social security increase, and I think we should enforce the current ordinances we have,” Snyder said.

Borough Solicitor James Dennison said he didn’t want to see the ordinance discarded.

“We’ve worked on this for a year, and I would like to move forward with this,” Dennison said. “Most of this ordinance deals with parking violations in public right of ways, and we’re dealing with uses beyond public right of ways. So, if council wants to remove the part about parking in the front yard, then they can do that.”

At that point, councilman Dave Ferringer made a motion to remove that part from the proposed ordinance; it was seconded, and the motion was approved to adopt the ordinance.

The ordinance will take effect in 30 days.

Parking fines will increase from $3.00 to $5.00. Those who are ticketed must pay the fine within 96 hours, or it will increase to $15.00. If the $15 fine is not paid in 30 days, it will increase to $25.00 plus the cost of prosecution and penalties. The cost of prosecution can not be more than $100.00.

Another significant change to the ordinance is that enforcement times will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Also, for those parallel parking, the right-hand side of the vehicle must be parked next to the right-hand curb in direction or travel.

The ordinance also provides a procedure to establish handicapped parking spaces in certain areas of the borough.

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