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City of Easton, PA
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[Added 12-29-1955 by Ord. No. 1483]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CITY PARKING FACILITY
A parking lot, garage or other parking facility, owned, leased, operated, maintained or controlled by the City, either in whole or in part, for the purpose of providing off-street parking of motor vehicles for the public benefit, at fixed charges.
[Amended 6-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3373]
A. 
Management and control. The management, control and operation of City parking facilities and garages are vested in the Director of Public Works, or his or her designee, to determine the size and location of each parking space and the manner of marking of the same.
B. 
Policing. The policing of City parking facilities is vested in the Director.
C. 
Maintenance; equipment; personnel; tariffs. It shall be the duty of the Director, or his or her designee, to keep the City parking facilities properly maintained, repaired and equipped. The Director shall also be responsible for the hiring and firing of all personnel necessary to operate the parking facilities. The Director shall have the power and duty to determine the rates and tariffs to be charged for parking, whether such parking is by the month, week, day or portion of a day. Such tariffs and rates shall not become effective until approved by Council.
D. 
Posting of rates and tariffs. Upon the fixing of rates and tariffs for parking privileges by Council, the Director, or his or her designee, shall prominently post and keep posted such rates and tariffs, so long as the same remain in effect, upon the City parking facilities to which such tariffs are applicable.
E. 
Regulation of spaces, hours, traffic flow. The Director shall have the sole right to determine, set up, establish or from time to time change the position of parking spaces or the number of the same or the type or character of same, and may allocate the number of hours of continuous parking privileges during which time any one vehicle may park in any particular space. In addition, the Director may determine the regular flow of traffic upon such lot, garage or parking facilities.
F. 
Additional assistance. The Director, or his or her designee, shall have the right at any time to call upon the Bureau of Police, and the facilities of any other departments in the City in the policing, maintaining, operation and repair of the City parking facilities.
[Amended 8-27-1997 by Ord. No. 3514]
A. 
Parking meters may be purchased and installed as devices for regulating the parking on City parking facilities. The purchase of such equipment shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Third Class City Code.
B. 
Parking meter rates shall be as set forth in Chapter 285, Fees.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5190]
C. 
The operation of the parking meters in City parking facilities shall be effective between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday, with the exception of any holidays designated by resolution of Council.
[Amended 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 4922; 3-11-2015 by Ord. No. 5486; 7-8-2015 by Ord. No. 5500]
D. 
Upon entering the metered space, it shall be the obligation of the driver of the vehicle to deposit or to cause to be deposited in that parking meter one or more proper coins of the United States of America as specified on the legend on the parking meter. It shall be unlawful for any vehicle to remain in such parking space when the lawful parking time has expired and/or beyond the maximum parking time for such meter; the parking of the vehicle overtime at such meter shall be a violation of this article. It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited in any such parking meter any coin for the purpose of increasing or extending the parking time of any vehicle beyond the maximum parking time.
E. 
It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article for any person to deface, tamper with, open or willfully break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter installed under the provisions of this article.
F. 
The Mayor or Council, by resolution, may suspend (for a period not exceeding 90 days) the provisions of this section regarding the operation of parking meters. Further, the Mayor and/or Council by resolution may establish "No Parking" or special purpose parking zones within the City parking facilities and remove parking meters from those areas as previously installed there, in which event the provisions of this article shall not apply in those areas where no parking or special purpose parking is in effect.
[Amended 6-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3373; 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5190]
A. 
No person shall cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in the name of or operated by such person to be parked overtime or beyond the period for which the parking has been paid for in advance and, in violation thereof, will be towed and/or the owner issued a parking ticket when properly posted in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Regulations.
[Amended 3-11-2015 by Ord. No. 5486]
B. 
Any person violating this section shall pay a fine as specified in Chapter 285, Fees.
[Amended 11-13-2013 by Ord. No. 5440]
[Amended 6-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3373]
It shall be the duty of parking enforcement personnel of the City, acting in accordance with instructions issued by the Director of Public Works or the Chief of Police, to report.
A. 
Use of slugs. No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited in any parking meter any slug, device or other substitute for a proper coin of the United States.
B. 
Improper parking. No person shall park in such a manner as to block or impede the free flow of traffic on any City parking facility or the entrance thereto or to park in such a manner as to occupy more than one space or parts of more than one space at one time. Any person violating this Subsection B shall pay a fine as specified in Chapter 285, Fees.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5190; 11-13-2013 by Ord. No. 5440]
[Amended 6-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3373]
Any motor vehicle which is improperly parked upon any City parking facility, or parked in such a manner as to impede or break the free flow of traffic on any City parking facility or to block access to or from any parking space provided on such City parking facility, or is left unattended on any parking space on such City parking facility for a period in excess of 24 hours without having paid for such parking privilege in advance, is declared to be a public nuisance. The Department of Public Works is empowered to abate such nuisance by impounding the motor vehicle and causing the same to be stored in the nearest approved pound for motor vehicles, as provided in Article V, when properly posted in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Regulations. The charge for towing and storing of said vehicle shall be as approved by Council and on file in the office of the City Clerk.
[Amended 6-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3373; 7-22-2015 by Ord. No. 5508]
The collection of all fees and parking revenues derived from City parking facilities shall be under the supervision of the Director of Finance or their designee. Such revenues shall be kept separate from all other revenues received from parking on public highways until such amount thereof has been determined, which account shall be separately maintained. The revenue derived from the City parking facilities shall be deposited in the parking authority fund under the auspices of the Director of Finance or their designee.
[Amended 6-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3373]
The provisions of this article may be temporarily suspended by the Director of Public Works or his or her designee. The Director or his or her designee may promulgate and put in force temporarily such other rules and regulations as traffic conditions may require.
[Amended 10-27-2004 by Ord. No. 4581; 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5190; 3-11-2015 by Ord. No. 5486]
Where a vehicle is parked in violation of the provisions of this article, parking enforcement personnel shall place on such vehicle a notice of the violation and instructing such owner to report to the Traffic Division of the Bureau of Police in regard to such violations for direction to the City Finance Office for remedy. Such owner may, within seven calendar days of the time when such notice is attached to such vehicle, report to the Traffic Division, Bureau of Police, for direction to the City Finance Office for remedy, or by mail in the envelope provided, pay, as a penalty for in-full satisfaction of such violation, the sum of $100. Failure of such owner to make such payment at the City Finance Office within seven calendar days shall subject the owner to an additional service fee of $100.
[Amended 12-17-2002 by Ord. No. 4251; 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5190; 3-11-2015 by Ord. No. 5486]
Any person violating any provisions of this article where another penalty is not specified elsewhere in this chapter, shall be subject to the penalty provided by § 560-21, General penalty