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Plum Council OKs ordinance to ease street cleaning

| Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008

Plum Council has toughened an ordinance to make clearing snow-covered streets more efficient.

In a 4-2 vote Monday, council approved fining motorists who fail to heed "no parking/winter maintenance" signs.

Councilmen Mike Doyle and Steve "Skip" Taylor voted no. Chuck McMeekin did not attend the meeting.

Parking already was prohibited on streets with posted signs, from 24 hours before the National Weather Service predicts snow until 48 hours after it falls.

First-time violators now will be warned. A second violation carries a $50 fine, a third a $100 fine, and fourth and subsequent violations a $300 fine.

Residents without driveways can obtain placards from the borough to put in their windshields indicating they have permission to park on the street.

"We're getting cars off the roads," council President Paul Dern said. "It is more efficient to plow, and it makes it safer."

Cecelia Lyman of Biscayne Road, in the borough's Holiday Park section, told council she lives before the circle on a cul-de-sac, where a no-parking sign recently was posted.

Lyman said her family has five vehicles but only three fit in the driveway. Dern assured Lyman she can obtain placards for the other two.

Lyman also asked if the borough could move the sign to the other side of the cul-de-sac.

"Every other house has maybe two cars," Lyman said. "I have five."

Thomas requested Lyman send him a letter explaining the situation so he could review it.

Taylor said he voted no because he believes the threat of fines places "an unnecessary burden on the citizens and taxpayers."

"We pay taxes for (public works) to clean the roads," Taylor said. "I think we are getting along well with what is in place."

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