Dozens of Silverton residents and visitors have been issued $150 tickets for parking along snow routes, a town official
One round of tickets was issued Monday evening after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning.
Nineteen tickets were issued even though the town didn't have to plow the streets that night, said Jason Wells, town
A second round of tickets was issued Thursday night to 41 vehicle owners, he said.
Needless to say, there's been a bit of uproar over it," Wells said. One hundred and fifty dollars is pretty steep."
The town approved the fine Jan. 26, 2009. Before the ordinance, there was no fine for parking along snow routes, Wells said. The town set a stiff penalty with the hopes of gaining strict compliance, he said.
But Wells said a $30 or $50 fine would have the same effect at gaining compliance.
The town's board of trustees will consider an emergency ordinance Monday night to reduce the fine retroactively, Wells said.
I don't see any reason to hit people with that stiff of a penalty," he said.
The town has already waived the first round of tickets issued, because snowplows didn't operate, and therefore, no
cars obstructed snow removal.