SAYRE - The borough council's administration committee Tuesday recommended the purchase of an electronic ticket writer for parking enforcement and continued to discuss a proposed ordinance regarding an incoming wheel boot.

Borough solicitor Jonathan Foster added language to the ordinance that clarifies the process once the boot is placed on the vehicle of someone with several outstanding parking tickets.

Once a person received the boot, it stays on until the tickets are paid, at which point the boot will be removed, or until 72 hours have passed, at which point the vehicle will be towed, said borough manager Dave Jarrett.

Under the proposed ordinance, which has been advertised for council adoption at their July 24 meeting, a booted car may also be towed before 72 hours in emergency situations, including snow emergencies and scheduled paving projects.

Council president Henry Farley suggested possibly looking at reducing the grace period to pay outstanding fines to 24 hours, stating that only chronic abusers of the borough's ticketing process will be booted. "What are we babying them for?" he said. "I just don't understand why we're making it easy for people to do the wrong thing."

Reducing the grace period would also make the boot available more quickly for reuse, as the borough only plans to purchase one for the time being, said councilman Bob Flick.

While the council could vote to reduce the grace period, Jarrett said he believed the boot would be enough incentive for vehicle owners to pay their outstanding parking fines.

The borough council has already authorized the purchase of a wheel boot; committee chair Gene Cerutti said he would like to see the boot purchased soon so the borough may begin to use it as soon as the ordinance is passed.

The committee also recommended the purchase of a ticket writer from Duncan Solutions, a Milwaukee-based parking enforcement supply company. The model to be purchased will cost $4,500, with supplies to cost an additional $1,630, and a $95 monthly charge for licensing fees and software, Jarrett said.

Borough officials have stated that switching from paper to electronic tickets would make repeat parking offenders easier to track and would make the ticketing process faster and more efficient.

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