Monday, January 7, 2013
First ticket free under new downtown parking policy.
First-time violators of downtown Plymouth's parking limits will receive a warning instead of an automatic $15 ticket, under the city's new parking fine schedule. The city unveiled its new schedule this year, which includes gradually increasing fines for repeat offenders. Here is a look at the new fine schedule, according to information provided by the Plymouth Downtown Development Authority: Overtime Parking Graduated Ticket - First ticket is free with each subsequent ticket increasing in value. It would be based on a 12-month period from the date of issue of the first ticket. There also will be discounts for those who pay their fines early and penalties for those who pay after an initial 14-day period: One year from the date violators …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
First-time violators will receive courtesy ticket, with increases of $25 for subsequent offenses up to $75.
While the Plymouth City Commission rejected a plan Monday to establish four different parking "zones" downtown to prevent drivers from skirting established time limits on downtown parking spaces, commissioners unanimously accepted a graduated parking fine system, which would spare first-time violators from paying a fee. Under the new plan, first-time parking violators will receive a "courtesy ticket" instructing them where they can park for longer periods of time. The ticket carries no fines or legal obligations. The new fee schedule will take effect when the city receives handheld parking readers, which scan license plates to indicate how long a car has been parked. Currently, a parking ordinance officer makes the rounds downtown, marking…
Zoning plan was aimed to reduce parking-space shuffling downtown.
A plan designed to stop drivers from simply moving their car from one spot to another to prevent a parking violation was struck down Monday by the Plymouth City Commission. The plan called for establishing four separate parking zones in the downtown area and would limit the amount of time a vehicle can be parked in that specific zone, regardless of whether the driver moves the vehicle to another nearby spot. In order to remain downtown past designated parking times, a vehicle would have to be relocated to another zone. The following areas would be zoned under the proposal: Business owners and commissioners felt the plan would be too confusing for downtown visitors and rejected the proposal. Mayor Dan Dwyer said downtown's parking issue is…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
New system to offer warning ticket first, then parking fines for subsequent violations.
Visitors to downtown Plymouth who exceed the time limit for their parking spaces now will be able to get off with just a warning, provided it is their first offense. The Plymouth City Commission on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of handheld parking readers, which will eliminate the chalk-line method currently used to time how long a vehicle has remained in a parking space. A new fee schedule will be introduced for parking violators, including a warning ticket for first-time offenders. Previously, parking officials would mark with chalk a straight line from the tires of parked vehicles to the pavement of the parking lot while sweeping through the area to indicate which vehicles have overstayed their time limits. The new handheld …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Plymouth to enforce new times, identifies long-term parking alternatives.
Beginning April 23, parking enforcement hours in downtown Plymouth will be extended to 8 p.m., according to a bulletin from City Hall. Among the changes Monday:
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Paid parking service receives 25-day extension from Plymouth City Commission.
A paid parking option will remain a fixture in downtown Plymouth for at least another month after the Plymouth City Commission voted Monday to keep valet services at Compari’s on the Park. The valet service, which operates 5 p.m.-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays in a busy downtown with sparse public parking, was given a 90-day trial in December. According to City Manager Paul Sincock, Compari’s owner Frank Yaquinto, who also owns the adjoining Fiamma Grille and the under-construction Sardine Room, reported about 35-40 percent of patrons who utilize the service also frequent other downtown businesses. Yaquinto also reported an average of about 35 cars per night using the service. According to Sincock, the $5 valet service, which uses five …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The addition would increase the city's downtown parking inventory by about 100 spots.
Downtown Plymouth’s shortage of public parking might get a remedy with the acquisition of space owned by the First Church of Christ Scientist, at Ann Arbor Trail and Harvey Street, which would expand the city’s public parking inventory by about 100 spots. The Plymouth City Commission voted to approve the concept of buying the property, after which the city’s negotiating committee will work out more specific arrangements with church officials. A shortage of public parking has long plagued the city. Of downtown’s 2,350 parking spots, just 40 percent are managed by the city, according to Rich and Associates, a parking firm hired by the city to analyze the city's downtown parking, which presented its findings to the city commission in August …