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Fines upped for illegal use of disabled parking spaces

September 7, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

People without a disabled license plate or placard parking in disabled designated parking spaces in Belington now face a hefty fine. Chief of police Keith Rowan requested members of council to consider increasing the amount of a citation to those abusing these spaces.

"We are having issues with people parking in these spaces without a disabled license plate or placard," Rowan said. "Our intent is not to hurt those who truly need these spaces and have followed the rules, but to stop those abusing the spaces."

Rowan said the state code for illegally parking in a disabled designated parking space is $200. Currently, Belington imposes a fine of $13.

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Belington Chief of Police Keith Rowan asks council members Thursday to consider a proposal increasing the fines for those misusing parking spaces designated for the disabled. Offenders were being assessed a $13 fine, which was raised by council to $100 at its meeting.

"I would ask members of council to consider raising these fees more in line with the state code," Rowan said. "We need to get to the point where people follow the law."

Members of council voted to set the fine for cars parked illegally in disabled designated parking spots at $100 for first offense, $150 for second offense and $300 for third or subsequent offenses.

Rowan said his department has been very active investigating possible drug operations thanks to the money and equipment provided by council.

"So far seven different people suspected of drug activity have moved out of this town because they cannot operate here," Rowan said. "Because of all you have given my department, we have what we needed to do this. I want to thank the mayor and council for giving us what we need. You all set the priority and are enabling this department to make a difference."

In other business, council took the following action:

- Voted to approve a building permit for the Gum residence, 404 Brown Ave., to construct a handicap ramp and deck for $3,132.

- Voted to approve building permit for Keith Rowan on Surpell Avenue to construct a roof over a deck for $3,875.

- Voted to approve a building permit for Butch Shomo at 209 N. Bradshaw for a 12 by 24 shed on the side of his garage for $2,000.

- Voted to approve the purchase of a pole saw to trim branches hanging down in the streets.

- Voted to approve the second reading of Ordinance 8-2012 prohibiting unauthorized camping on public or private property.

- Voted to approve the second reading of Ordinance 9-2012 dogs, domestic fowl and other animals within the city limits.

- Voted to accept the resignation of Lana Fowler and Carolyn Phillips from the Belington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

- Voted to approve a proposed supplemental resolution providing for the issuance of combined waterworks and sewerage system revenue bonds, series 2012A, combined waterworks and sewerage system revenue bonds, series 2012B and combined waterworks and sewerage system revenue bonds, series 2012C.

- Voted to approved a proposed draw resolution providing for the payment of invoices relating to the bonds.

- Voted to approve a sweep resolution pertaining to the automatic payment of bonds to the Municipal Bond Commission.

- Voted to pledge $550 to the Barbour County Development Authority.

The next city of Belington Council Meeting is slated for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in council chambers.

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