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[Adopted 7-9-2003 by Ord. No. 4344 (Art. 539 of the 1965 Codified Ordinances)]
[Amended 6-22-2005 by Ord. No. 4683]
A. 
The purpose for establishing College Hill parking permits is to help alleviate parking congestion in the area surrounding Lafayette College, the Cattell Street corridor, and the FA March School. Such congestion results in unnecessary hardship to the area residences and businesses.
[Amended 12-9-2009 by Ord. No. 5241]
B. 
A resident vehicle on which is displayed a valid parking permit as provided for herein shall be permitted to stand or be parked in the residential parking permit area for which the permit has been issued. However, such resident's vehicle shall be exempt from any time limit imposed but shall not be exempt from parking restrictions or prohibitions established pursuant to authority other than this article, including Chapter 560, Vehicles and Traffic, Article X, of the code of the City of Easton as well as loading, twelve-minute parking zones, handicapped zones, seventy-two-hour limit in any one space (then vehicle must be moved), and other special parking restrictions.
[Amended 4-25-2018 by Ord. No. 5633]
C. 
A residential parking permit shall not guarantee or reserve to the holder thereof an on-street parking space within the designated residential parking permit area.
D. 
Every resident with a valid Pennsylvania driver's license from each dwelling unit in the area is eligible to receive a permit. Each permit issued shall be good for one car only. The address on the motor vehicle registration and driver's license shall match that of the residence. Permits will be provided for one vehicle per licensed driver per household.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5174; 3-26-2014 by Ord. No. 5460]
E. 
Every student resident, other than those living in a college-owned or -managed residence hall, with a valid driver's license from each dwelling unit in the area is eligible to receive a specially designated student residential permit. In the event that the address on the motor vehicle registration and driver's license does not match that of the residence, a copy of the lease and permission from the college for off-campus residency will be required. Each permit, good for one car only, shall be issued for a one-year period only, from July 1 through June 30. As stated a college or university student living on a mixed-use residence hall, owned or managed by the college, is not eligible for a College Hill Permit.
[Amended 4-25-2018 by Ord. No. 5633]
F. 
Every business owner within the district, as well as his/her employees, is eligible to receive a permit upon presentation of proof of payment of business permit and/or occupational privilege tax. Employee permits shall be good for one car only and shall be issued for a one-year period only, from July 1 through June 30. The Chief of Police will determine documentation required for proof of employment.
G. 
The program shall be reviewed in spring of 2007 and every two years of operation thereafter by the ad hoc College Hill Parking Committee and/or agents of the City as designated by the administration, and written comments shall be forwarded to the administration and Council.
(1) 
Additionally, within the College Hill Parking Permit Zone, a third Commercial District Limited Parking Time Zone will also be created. This zone will be an area bordered by Clinton Terrace to the south, Reeder Street to the east, High Street to the north and McCartney Street to the west. Parking affected by a three-hour time limit will be on both sides of said streets. Vehicles parked within this zone will be limited to three-hour parking unless a valid residential parking permit is displayed on the vehicle. The residential parking permit restriction from 2:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. will also be applicable in this zone.
[Added 4-25-2018 by Ord. No. 5633]
A. 
The area affected by the College Hill Parking Program includes all public streets within the area bordered by Bushkill Drive to the west; Lafayette Street on the north going east to Pardee, north on Pardee to Chestnut Terrace; east on Chestnut Terrace to Knox Avenue, east on Knox to Cattell; south on Cattell to Lafayette; east on Lafayette to Paxinosa Avenue; Paxinosa south to High Street; High Street west to Reeder Street; Reeder Street south to Clinton Terrace; Clinton Terrace west to Cattell Street; Cattell Street south to College Avenue; and College Avenue south to meet at Bushkill Drive, including both sides of all the border streets. The area does not include the Lafayette College campus proper.
B. 
Within the College Hill Residential Parking Permit Zone, a FA March School Impact Zone will be created. This zone will be an area comprised of the north side of Monroe Street from Porter Street to Brodhead Street; the south side of Monroe Street between Porter and Reeder Streets and between Brodhead Street and Paxinosa Avenue; the east side of Reeder Street between Pierce and Monroe Streets; the west side of Reeder Street between Monroe and Parson Streets; and the west side of Brodhead Street between Pierce and Monroe Streets.
[Added 12-9-2009 by Ord. No. 5241[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former Subsections B through G as Subsections C through H, respectively.
C. 
The Lafayette College campus proper shall be defined for the purposes of this article as the Lafayette tax parcels bounded by Bushkill Drive and Deitrich Road to the west; by Pierce Street to the north, to the east by Hamilton Street from Pierce to Parson, Parson from Hamilton to McCartney, McCartney from Parson to College Avenue and to the south by College Avenue to Bushkill Drive.
D. 
City of Easton parking permits will be valid within the entire area.
E. 
Lafayette College issued permits will be honored outside of the campus proper only on those public streets within the C-CE (Community, Civic, Educational) Zoning District, specifically: south side of Pierce Street from Coleman to Hamilton; both sides of Hamilton Street from Pierce to High; south side of Parson from Hamilton to McCartney; and the west side of McCartney from Parson to College Avenue. Lafayette College will supply to the City of Easton a copy of the permit.
F. 
Where so designated in the City's Traffic Code, no vehicle shall remain parked between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. without displaying a valid College Hill Parking Permit, with the exception of the periods between May 15 and August 15, December 23 and January 15, Thanksgiving Day to the Sunday immediately following Thanksgiving. Within the FA March School Impact Zone, no vehicle shall remain parked between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. without displaying a valid College Hill Parking Permit, with the exception of the periods from June 1 to August 15 or when school is not in session.
[Amended 12-9-2009 by Ord. No. 5241]
G. 
Within the College Hill Residential Parking Permit Zone a second Kirby Sports Center Limited Time Parking Zone will also be created. This zone will be an area bordered by Pierce Street to the south, Pardee Street to the west, McCartney Street to the east, and Burke Street to the north. Parking spaces affected will include those on the north side of Pierce Street from Pardee to McCartney Street, and both street sides of Pardee, McCartney and Burke and those streets within the defined area. Vehicles parked within this zone will be limited to two-hour parking unless a valid residential parking permit is displayed on the vehicle. The residential parking permit restriction from 2:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. will also be applicable in this zone.
H. 
The program may be expanded to contiguous areas by square block. A block may be considered as a potential residential parking block upon receipt by the City of petitions from the residents thereof. At least 50% of the property owners must petition for consideration.
A. 
Eligibility. Parking stickers may be issued to each residential dwelling unit and to each place of business in the area.
B. 
Permit application issuance and duration.
(1) 
Following Council's approval of the designation of a residential parking permit area, the Chief of Police shall issue appropriate permits and shall cause parking signs to be erected in the area indicating the times and conditions under which parking shall be allowed.
(2) 
A permit shall be issued upon application and payment of any applicable fee only to the eligible owner or operator and verification that all outstanding parking fines/fees have been satisfied for any and all vehicles of the owner.
[Amended 11-22-2016 by Ord. No. 5574]
(3) 
Each residential parking permit issued shall be valid for the term of residency at the address provided upon application. Student residential parking permits issued shall be valid for a one-year period only from July 1 through June 30.
(4) 
Each application for a parking permit shall contain information sufficient to identify the applicant, his residence address of real property owned or leased within the eligible area, and the license number of the motor vehicle for which application is made, and such other information that may be deemed relevant by the Chief. Specifically, eligibility for a permit shall be as follows: the person shall prove residency and vehicle ownership or evidence of having a leased or company-owned vehicle. The Chief of Police shall establish criteria for proof of residence, which shall include, but not be limited to, proof of payment of the per capita tax, if applicable.
(5) 
If a resident sells or otherwise transfers a vehicle bearing a parking permit sticker, (s)he shall remove the sticker before the transfer. If a resident transfers a vehicle bearing a valid parking permit sticker and acquires another vehicle, (s)he shall provide the Chief with proof of the transfer and an affidavit attesting to the removal of the sticker. The Chief shall then provide, at no cost, a new sticker which shall expire at the same time as the original sticker. Application for the new vehicle's permit must be made within 10 days of vehicle purchase.
[Amended 6-22-2005 by Ord. No. 4683]
(6) 
Commercial vehicles exceeding a gross weight of 10,000 pounds are not eligible for permits.
C. 
Permit display. Permits shall be displayed on the driver's side of the rear bumper, or in the left lower corner of the rear windshield, so as to be readily visible to enforcement personnel.
D. 
Permit revocation. The Chief is authorized to revoke the parking permit of any person found to be in violation of this article, and upon written notification thereof, the person shall surrender such permit to the Chief. Failure, when so requested, to surrender the parking permit so revoked shall constitute a violation of law and of this article. When permit holders change employment or relocate, the issued permit shall become invalid and such permit shall be immediately surrendered to the Chief.
E. 
Guest permits. One guest permit will be available for each dwelling unit occupied by a permanent permit holder, and will show the address for which it is issued, and will only be valid within a one-block radius of that address. Guest permits will be four inches by six inches and placed in the lower left corner of the rear window. Additional temporary guest permits will be available to all permit holders at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
A. 
This program does not guarantee the availability of on-street parking spaces.
B. 
All other parking requirements shall remain in full effect.
C. 
Permits can be obtained between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, from the Traffic Division of the Easton Police Facility or at other times and places established by the Chief of Police. The permit shall be issued after the following documents have been presented to the Clerk:
(1) 
Driver's registration card;
(2) 
Vehicle registration card (lease and/or company cars may be registered to another address);
(3) 
Proof of payment of per capita tax or occupational privilege tax indicating address within the designated area;
(4) 
Completed application;
(5) 
Valid use and occupancy permit for business application;
(6) 
Valid lease for apartment within the designated area; and
(7) 
If application is made for a student resident permit, a letter from Lafayette College permitting off-campus residential status.
D. 
If applying by mail, include photocopies of the above-cited documents and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Mail to:
[Amended 4-25-2018 by Ord. No. 5633]
Traffic Division/EPD
48 North Fourth Street
Easton, PA 18042
A. 
For a violation of any provisions of this article, the owner or operator may, within seven days of the time when such notice was attached to his/her vehicle, pay a penalty as specified in Chapter 285, Fees.
[Amended 6-22-2005 by Ord. No. 4683; 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5174; 11-13-2013 by Ord. No. 5439]
B. 
(Reserved)[1]
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Editor's Note: Former Subsection B, regarding immobilized vehicles, as amended, was repealed 7-24-2013 by Ord. No. 5424. See now § 285-29D.
C. 
Penalties may be waived for residents during the first 30 days of the program, providing they show proof of meeting the residency requirements on the date(s) of the violation(s) and apply for and receive a valid permit.
D. 
Penalties may be waived for residents moving into the designated area within 10 days of their move, provided they show proof of meeting the residency requirements on the date(s) of the violation(s) and apply for and receive a valid permit.
E. 
No person shall falsely represent himself as eligible for a parking permit or to furnish information in an application thereof.
F. 
No person holding a valid parking permit issued pursuant hereto shall permit the use or display of such permit on a motor vehicle other than that for which the permit is issued. Such conduct shall constitute an unlawful act and violation of this article both by the person holding the valid parking permit and the person who so uses or displays the permit on a motor vehicle other than that for which it is issued.
G. 
No persons shall copy, produce or otherwise bring into existence a facsimile or counterfeit parking permit or permits. No person shall knowingly use or display a facsimile or counterfeit parking permit in order to evade time limitations on parking in the permit area.
H. 
Every person convicted of a summary offense for a violation of any of the provisions of this article for which another penalty is not provided shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $300 plus costs.