Sayre Borough committee continues discussion on parking enforcement

SAYRE (AP) – Borough council’s administration committee on Tuesday recommended the purchase of an electronic ticket writer for parking enforcement and continued to discuss a proposed ordinance regarding an incoming wheel boot.

Borough solicitor Jonathan Foster added language to the ordinance that clarifies the process once the boot is placed on the vehicle of someone with several outstanding parking tickets.

Once a person receives the boot, it stays on until the tickets are paid, at which point the boot will be removed, or until 72 hours have passed, at which point the vehicle will be towed, borough Manager Dave Jarrett said.

Under the proposed ordinance, which has been advertised for council adoption at its July 24 meeting, a booted car also may be towed before 72 hours in certain situations, including snow emergencies and scheduled paving projects.

Council President Henry Farley suggested looking at reducing the grace period to pay outstanding fines to 24 hours, stating that only chronic abusers of the borough’s ticketing process will be booted.

“What are we babying them for?” he said. “I just don’t understand why we’re making it easy for people to do the wrong thing.”

Reducing the grace period would make the boot available more quickly for reuse, as the borough only plans to purchase one for now, Councilman Bob Flick said.

While the council could vote to reduce the grace period, Jarrett said he believed the boot would be enough incentive for vehicle owners to pay their outstanding fines.

Council already has authorized the purchase of a wheel boot; committee Chairman Gene Cerutti said he would like to see the boot purchased soon so the borough may begin to use it as soon as the ordinance is passed.

The committee also recommended the purchase of a ticket writer from Duncan Solutions, a Milwaukee-based parking enforcement supply company. The model will cost $4,500, with supplies to cost an additional $1,630, and a $95 monthly charge for licensing fees and software, Jarrett said.