North Irwin charges $10 fee for parking spots for those with disabilities
By Brad Pedersen
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
North Irwin officials plan to enforce an annual $10 fee for establishing and maintaining parking spots for those with disabilities throughout the borough.
Any resident requesting such a spot must provide proof of a disability and pay $10 to install a space. Each year, the resident must also provide proof of a disability and pay $10 per year to maintain the space, according to council president Kim Macalus.
Council approved the guidelines after a 6-0 vote.
Solicitor Luke Wilson said the annual fee will allow borough officials to keep track of each spot and determine its necessity.
“It will help us determine if someone moves, or passes away or becomes no longer disabled and no longer needs the space,” Wilson said. “Council is within its rights to review the applicant.”
The fee covers the cost of the sign, pole and labor to install it and mark the street, Macalus said.
Manager Adele Nehas estimated it costs the borough $85 to install a parking space for those with disabilities.
“If we don't put a price on it, people just don't care,” Nehas said.
North Irwin has seven parking spaces for those with disabilities throughout the borough and one loading zone, which is located near the Irwin Volunteer Fire Company station, according to Nehas.
If an applicant does not renew their application on a yearly basis, the sign will be removed, Macalus said.
Wilson suggested posting the penalties for parking in a spot for those with disabilities without the proper placard or license plate. Typically, municipalities impose a minimum fine of $275 and make the violators pay for any towing fees, he said.
Even though someone applies for such a spot, borough officials can decline their request, Wilson said.
“It's more of a ‘may' issue, than ‘must' issue, because there are several things the borough has to take into consideration,” Wilson said. “Council has to consider availability of off-street parking, the spot in relation to the applicant's home, and must require proof from the applicant of an actual handicap.”
Wilson said borough officials must make sure they enforce the fee for all special parking arrangements.
“We have to show even-handedness with the fee for loading zones and handicapped parking,” Wilson said. “If you charge a fee for one of them, you have to charge a fee for all of them.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police intercept North Huntingdon man’s growth hormone package
- No tax increase in proposed Irwin budget
- Norwin educator one of six in country to attend academy
- Norwin Lions Club’s Kitty Sack Program benefits students