Whitehall parking law still retains a full set of teeth

B y Lee Tugas

A human mouth sports 32 teeth. By an eerie coincidence, so does the new Whitehall Village parking law.

So, if you think because the Whitehall Village Board –– by passing a new parking law that eliminates a wintertime parking ban –– will let you park where you please, when you please, even in winter, take a look at the new law.

Nine restrictions, directly pertain to parking. Those nine regulations restrict or ban parking outright on seven streets. Ten other regulations emergency and snowstorm parking.

General parking restrictions

According to the law, parking is banned outright on two streets, Division and Smith. Parking is restricted on the west side of Broadway and on Saunders Street.

Parking is restricted on Boardman, from Broadway to Smith; on Main Street’s west side, from Clinton to High Street; and on the west of Williams Street, from 18 Williams to Poultney Street, “except between 40 and 52 Williams Street during funerals.”

New Snowstorm Policy

As Mayor Peter Telisky has repeatedly stressed the existing 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. wintertime parking ban will remain in effect for at least another month, or until it is officially filed and approved by the state Department of State.

That means the snowstorm provisions of the new law will likely not take effect until next winter, Mayor Telisky conceded.

Whenever the new law goes into effect –– this year or next –– the Board of Trustees shall, from Nov. 1 to April 1, “set by resolution” the hours that village residents may not park on village streets during snowstorms.

The new law also grants Don Williams, superintendent of public works, “the authority to suspend parking privileges on any street in the Village of Whitehall…during or after a snowstorm or other public emergency.”

Thus, the new law permits the village the right to set winter parking bans as each winter unfolds, either by board resolution, declaration of a snow emergency by Superintendent Don Williams, singly or combined.

Car removal and penalties

Six regulations pertain to removal of cars “parked or abandoned” on the street during a snowstorm or public emergency. Basically, the public works superintendent, the mayor, the chief of police and the board itself regulates the seizure of cars and the process by which owners may reclaim them.

As for penalties, the maximum jail sentence imposed for first, second, even third offense is seven days, but the fine imposed is set by resolution each time by the village board.

A full copy of the new parking ordinance, once it is accepted by the Department of State, will be published by the village in the legal notices of this paper.

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