Niles council OKs parking fee hikes

NILES — City council approved ordinances that increase the fines for overnight parking and parking in restricted areas during emergency parking bans.

The city bans parking on any street between midnight and 6 a.m. and the fine for a violation was $10 with an increase to $20 if it isn’t paid within five days. Under the new ordinance, the fine increased to $25 and $50 if not paid within five days.

Likewise, fines of $10 are given to those who park on streets during emergency bans such as snow bans and council raised that fine to $50. Niles Municipal Court Judge Chris Shaker said he discussed the fees with police Chief Jay Holland when he took office. The fees had not been increased in some time and it was determined that an increase was necessary to bring Niles fees in line with parking fees of other communities.

Shaker said the parking bans are more of a safety issue than anything and the fees do not generate a substantial amount of money for the city. City officials said parking fines are handled by the municipal court.

In other business, city council approved entering into a $25,290 contract with Youngstown-based MS Consultants to perform administrative and implementation work related to the Community Development Block Grant Community Allocation Program.