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$20 parking fines after March 13

By Marissa E. Lane, Staff Writer

Parking fines will be going up in Brookville soon, with the potential to decrease the charge if paid in a timely manner and options for long-term parking on Main Street.

Brookville Town Council members have not officially accepted the ordinance yet but are slated to at their next meeting on March 13.

Brookville Town Council opened their Tuesday, Feb. 27 meeting with yet another discussion of ordinance 2018-1. Parking penalties will now cost the vehicle owners $20 per citation as opposed to the previous $5, if paid within 30 days of the citation. But the town is offering an incentive to be timely with penalty payments: if the penalty is paid within 10 days from the date of the citation, the penalty is reduced to $10. After 30 days, the fine will double to $40.

If the owner wants to argue the penalty, they must appeal in writing to the Town Clerk within 10 days of the citation date. Appeals forms can be obtained at the Municipal Building at 1020 Franklin Avenue or online at www.

The citations will be administered by the Brookville Police Department. Payments can be made by visiting the Clerk-Treasurer or placing them in the fine-drop box attached to the front of the Municipal Building.

This draft of the ordinance also has a section devoted to long-term parking vouchers. The permits, which will be available at the Municipal Building, will allow vehicle owners to park in metered parking without filling the meter. Monthly vouchers will cost $90 per month ($990 a year) and be paying for a full year up front will cost $825. Vouchers must be paid in advance, and the permit card must be displayed in the passenger side of the front window to be honored.

Town administrator Tim Ripperger will be accepting comments and the council will discuss the ordinance further at the next meeting.

Brookville Town Council also:

• heard from Duke Energy about updating outdoor lighting through the town. Brookville will be one of the first towns where Duke implements smart technology with the street lights, allowing Duke remote access in case issues arise.

• accepted requests to use the park for both the Red Man Charity Walk for Alzheimer's and the annual car show this summer.

• opened sealed bids for storm and sewer castings and Court Street striping. John Seibert Sealing of College Corner bid $485 for the parking, crosswalk and handicap striping on Court Street. CULY Contracting of Winchester bid $38,500 total for all storm and sewer castings that need replacing. The council took the bids under advisement and will decide at their next meeting.

• was told that Rumpke Recycling aims to split pick-up dates by April, and will notify customers leading up to the change.

• approved the hiring of Samuel E. Williams to the Brookville Police Department. Williams had been working as a Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputy before taking the job with the BPD.

• discussed the search for a BPD chief. They said they have seven resumes for the position and will try to interviews with all seven before the next BTC meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 13.