Vincennes City Council approves rise of parking ticket fees
By Sabrina Westfall
The Vincennes City Council voted to approve the ordinance raising fees for parking tickets given by the Vincennes City Police.
The ordinance raised the fines from $3 for a normal parking ticket to $25. Each subsequent violation would cost an additional $10. A parking violation in a handicap spot will raise from $5 to $50, with an additional $25 for each subsequent violation.
The new ordinance will take affect in two weeks.
Councilwoman Shirley Rose asked Police Chief Dusty Luking his thoughts on the change in the cost.
Luking said he was in favor of the change for two reasons. First, the new cost will legitimize the parking violation tickets, so people understand the city is enforcing the violations.
Also, the change in the ordinance will provide half of the funds to the Vincennes Police Department’s Ongoing Education Fund.
The council approved the second reading of the Knox County City and Town Court Cost to the Vincennes Police Department non-reverting Law Enforcement Continuing Education Fund. The council voted to table the third reading.
The funds from the Knox County Courts in the amount of $64,967.05 are the local police department’s payout for utilizing the county courts system. Luking noted it has been about five years since the police department’s last payout.
The council voted to table the final reading until the funds are available following State Board of Accounts approval.
The council approved the final reading of an ordinance that would raise the cost of adoptions for the vincennes Animal Shelter. The cost for adopting a dog is $110, a cat is $80, small mammal is $10, small bird is $15 and a large or exotic bird is $15.
Animal Shelter Director Laura Arial noted the change in price helps with the cost of micro-chipping, spay/neutering and the cost to ensure healthy animals.
The council approved an additional appropriation in the amount of $121,21.25 to the Board of Works for the Gregg Park project. They also approved an additional appropriation in the amount of $86,000 from the Promotion of the City fund.
Mayor Joe Yochum explained the two funds helped to cover the unforeseen costs of the Gregg Park Project.
In other business, the council:
- Voted to remove the TIF Expansion plan submitted by the Vincennes Redevelopment Commission, which had been tabled by the council since April.
- Voted to amend ordinance 23-2014 due to the incorrect statement of funds.
- Voted in favor of an additional appropriation from Riverboat to Falcon from EDIT to SME and EDIT to HWC in the amount of $28,136.50.
- Voted to remove a Change of Zoning Ordinance for a Hart Street building from the agenda due to the applicant withdrawing the application before the Area Plan Commission meeting.