Adamstown to raise parking ticket fees

By on July 6, 2011

By: KAREN SHUEY Review Staff kshuey.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

Soon, those who receive a parking ticket in Adamstown will face steeper fines.

Borough council gave the green light at its meeting Tuesday night to draft an ordinance that would raise parking violation fees from $15 to $50.

Dean Johnson, council president, said the increase is “something that should have been done a long time ago and may even still be too low.”

It had come to council’s attention earlier this year that the borough was handing out a large number of tickets to residents that neglected to move their vehicles after snowstorms in January and February, making plowing for the public works department more difficult.

The issue was once again brought to the table when East Cocalico Township police chief George Beever reported that the department handed out 19 parking tickets in May to residents that didn’t move their vehicles for scheduled street cleaning.

Borough officials said they feel stiffer penalties would encourage residents to be more mindful of obeying parking rules.

Also discussed at the meeting was the possibility of raising water rates. Cindy Schweitzer, chair of the finance committee, told council it was decided that the committee would hold off on making a recommendation to increase rates until more data is collected.

At a previous meeting, Schweitzer said it might be necessary to raise rates to make up for a deficit in the borough’s water fund. However, she told council Tuesday that the committee would like to take a closer look at the figures after monies are collected through the third quarter of this year.

? In other action, water committee chair Ed Zander informed council members that delinquent water bills have improved slightly — lowering the deficit to $12,705.

? Officials approved the hiring of Lisa Crouse to fill the position of part-time treasurer. Council had been seeking to replace Carolyn Friesema, who left the borough to take the job of manager for West Cocalico Township in April.

? Council said it is continuing to work with borough solicitor Josele Cleary about further action against Terence Douglas Corporation regarding unpaid invoices. The invoices total $4,716, and many date as far back as 2008.

Terence Douglas is the developer of Stoudtburg Village, and most of the invoices pertain to engineering fees incurred by the borough regarding Stoudtburg.

The borough had received a check earlier this year from the corporation for the amount due, but with several conditions attached and a notation stating that the borough’s cashing of the check would be an agreement to the conditions.

? The borough approved the purchase of a 2011 GMC Sierra pick-up truck for $43,947 for use by the public works department. The amount was included in the budget for this year, but because water and sewer funds are low, the borough had to allocate funds from two other line items in the budget that were axed.

? Sandy Leed, executive director of the Cocalico Area Senior Center, presented council with some stark realities about the area’s aging population.

New U.S. Census data shows that one in three of the region’s population will be 60 and older by the end of the decade. The news, she said, means that officials will need to be prepared to handle the issues that come with aging.

Leed said the center has been trying to change its reputation and expand its reach in the community — so that older adults stay active as they age.

The center has been servicing the residents of East and West Cocalico townships and Adamstown and Denver boroughs for more than two decades. But, in recent years has branched out to include residents from surrounding area.

“We need everybody’s help — we are obviously looking to the municipalities we serve for annual financial contributions,” Leed said.

The association has an annual operating budget of $160,000 and receives a monthly stipend through the state, but Leed said that only accounts for one-fifth of the total budget.

Johnson said members would keep the organization in mind as they start drafting a budget.

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