Dalton Borough Council members are slated to discuss two ordinances at Thursday night’s meeting. One centers on establishing 30-minute parking on North Turnpike Road; the other sets the garbage fee for 2014.
According to draft ordinances, parking near the Dalton Pharmacy and Platt Park would have signs posted limiting vehicles to 30 minutes at which point they’ll be subject to ticketing. According to Councilman Bill Montgomery, the issue is being discussed to promote movement so people don’t park at that location for extensive periods of time, taking away parking spaces for the pharmacy customers and those wanting to use the park.
The topic is being considered due to general talk in the community regarding the limited parking at the pharmacy.
“It’s just a matter of hearing people talk about it,” Montgomery said. “There are people who go into the park for long periods of time. We originally expressed our preference for park users to utilize the free parking behind the firehouse, but they don’t.”
Montgomery also mentioned how a 30-minute parking limitation used to be in effect but, over time, the signs went missing and the “suggestion” became non-existent.
“It was a known fact for about a year or so, so it is more a discussion of reinstating what once was,” he said.
Montgomery said the ticket “will probably be whatever the standard over-time parking fee is.”
Solicitor Frank Bolock confirmed the fee for violating 30-minute parking would be either $10 or $20. The fee will be discussed along with the ordinance at the 7 p.m. meeting that is open to the public.
The council will also be discussing a previous three-year agreement made with Waste Management, as this is the last year it will be in effect, according to Montgomery. The garbage fee is currently set at $320 and will remain so for the year, he added.