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Halifax ups parking fees, adds to list of violations

SoVaNow.com / July 10, 2014


Halifax Town Council raised parking fines and broadened the town ordinance to include additional violations as members gathered for their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Council set a $25 fine for these violations: parking over the two hour limit, parking in a crosswalk, blocking a driveway or parking near a fire hydrant, or parking on the wrong side of the street. Previously, the fine for these offenses was $10.

Parking in a handicapped zone will result in a $200 fine, rather than the current $100 penalty.

New violations include fines of $25 for parking an inoperable motor vehicle, stopping or obstructing traffic, parking within 20 feet of a corner or intersection, parking on the sidewalk, parking without a valid inspection sticker or a valid license plate, improper parking, parking within 50 feet of a fire station driveway entrance, parking within 30 feet of stop sign or traffic signal, and having a license plate not properly displayed.

Councilman Jack Dunavant, in voting to approve the changes, said he hoped town police would “use discretion” in writing tickets for violations. Dunavant had earlier questioned whether the new ordinance would be harassing for people, but Police Chief Kevin Lands said the town’s merchants have been asking for stricter parking regulations to prevent vehicles left parked in the same spot all day, thereby preventing shoppers from using those spaces.

“This is not for increased revenue generation, but rather for safety,” Lands said. “These are issues that need to be addressed.”

In other business, Council approved a resolution asking the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to take a 0.13 mile section of roadway which veers off Gatha’s Trail northeasterly to the historic cemetery owned by several local black churches into its secondary road system. Council, along with church officials and property owners, has been working to get the road improved to meet state regulations.

Council members also awarded a $9.950 contract to Carr’s Enterprise for the demolition of four unsafe buildings in the town which have been condemned. Three of the unsafe structures are located on Back Street with the fourth located at 1025 Cowford Road. Carr’s bid for the work was the lowest with the two other bids coming in at $12,300 and $13,100.

Council members also elected Kristy Johnson as the town’s new vice mayor.

Earlier during committee work sessions members heard Mark Estes, director of the Halifax County Service Authority, review his agency’s plans for the Cowford Road project as well as its work toward getting the Banister River approved as an alternate back-up source for the Authority’s water supply.

Events coordinator Rebecca Ramey presented early plans for the town’s upcoming September 13 Wild Blue River Festival. The day will begin with an 8 a.m. 5K run, followed by a board ramp preview at the Banister River at 10 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the event will move to the Courthouse lawn, Main Street and the Farmer’s Market with arts and crafts, a rock climbing wall and life sized board games. From 5-10 p.m. there will be live bands with food vendors on hand.

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What a bunch of bs. Well no more trips to Packhouse to eat. I can see short man writing a ticket is plate is crooked. This is a blatant money grab. If u park in some of the last spaces you will be in violation.

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Since there is no where to park in Halifax, especially when court is in session, the list would have been much shorter if you would just list the legal parking spaces.

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Most cities try to keep the customers coming back. No matter, I forgot no stores to speak of in Halifax. I'll just continue to boycott Halifax.

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...“This is not for increased revenue generation, but rather for safety,” Lands said...

I'll stop short of calling the police chief a liar, but experience has proven that any time an ordinance has a fine attached, raising revenue is part of the deal.

Should be well known to all that localities' budgets invariably include a line item "revenue from traffic offenses and fines", though I think the Commonwealth limits this revenue to about 3% of the locality's budget. If they didn't- well, you can imagine what would happen.


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