Niles may raise parking fines

NILES — City Council is considering legislation that will increase the fines for overnight parking and parking in restricted areas during emergency parking bans.

Council heard a first reading on the two proposed ordinances Wednesday. The city bans parking on any street between midnight and 6 a.m. and the fine for a violation is $10 with an increase to $20 if it isn’t paid within five days. Under the proposed ordinance, the fine would increase 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 is considering raising that fine to $50. Councilwoman Linda Marchese, D-3rd Ward, said Niles Municipal Court Judge Chris Shaker requested the increase. Parking fines are handled by the municipal court.

“It’s not really as much increasing them as it is bringing the city of Niles up-to-date with other cities,” she said. “Ours are rather low and haven’t been increased in many years.”

In other business, City Council:

• Heard a second reading allowing the service director to advertise for bids for the purchase of a valve turner;

• Heard a second reading regarding increasing fees charged for dwelling permits;

• Passed a resolution to sell obsolete city items by Internet auction;

• Heard a first reading regarding approval of a subdivison plat;

• Passed a resolution for the fire chief to try to get a $9,334 grant for gear with matching funds of $1,866;

• Passed a resolution for the fire chief to try to get a $45,600 grant for fire equipment with matching funds of $2,400;

• Passed a resolution for the park director to seek a $10,000 grant for litter control with $1,000 in matching funds;

• Passed a resolution allowing the service director to issue a request for qualifications for architecture services;

• Heard a first reading regarding appropriating $24,330 for the hiring of two part-time park laborers;

• Heard a first reading of a resolution to combine the Wellness Center budget from the general fund into the park fund.

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