Panel seeks more time to pay ticketsA parking ticket could be modestly less hassle if the Superior City Council adopts changes proposed by the city’s Public Safety Committee. People would have more time to pay the fine for non-moving violations.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
A parking ticket could be modestly less hassle if the Superior City Council adopts changes proposed by the city’s Public Safety Committee.
People would have more time to pay the fine for non-moving violations.
Instead of seven days, the committee approved extending that time period to 21 days.
That means when someone gets a parking ticket, is down to their last few dollars and payday is more than a week away, the fine won’t climb before they get paid again.
Council Vice President Mike Herrick brought the idea to the committee because he said many times people think they have more time to pay the citation.
Late parking fines climb from $15 to $35.
“The original ordinance had been seven days, but our practice was 15 days,” said Superior Traffic Sergeant Mark McGillis. “What we’re suggesting is moving it to 21 days with some clean up on programming on Citation Management’s end. Moving it to 21 days gives them another week to get the letters out.”
He said previously the letters to advise vehicle owners their citations were unpaid were sent seven to 14 days after the violation, depending on when the citations were entered in the system; it created some problems.
Now, the police department is scanning the citations and emailing them every day or two to the company that manages the city’s citation collection activities in Milwaukee, he said.
“Everything will now be timely,” McGillis said.
Councilor Mick MacKenzie commended the police department for its work on the proposed ordinance change.
“That’s what I was getting from people,” MacKenzie said. “People were getting frustrated because they didn’t have enough time to pay their tickets.”
The proposed changes will still have to be approved and a revised ordinance adopted by the full council before the changes go into effect.