South Whitley Town Council discusses downtown parking violations

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SOUTH WHITLEY — Police in South Whitley may soon be more proactive about enforcing two-hour parking.

In downtown South Whitley signs are posted that Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., cars can only be parked for two hours.

Marshal Mikel VanDevender asked the council for some guidance on how aggressive they should be about handing out tickets. Councilman Les Hoffman gave direction on what he thought needed to be done.

“Personally, I’d like to see us head in that direction (more aggressive),” he said.

The original ordinance was put in place in 2000 according to town attorney Greg Hockemeyer, but officers can decide how aggressively to enforce the parking ordinance.

With the new restaurants that have opened up downtown, parking has become limited. An answer to VanDevender’s question was left to a future meeting pending review.

Also at South Whitley’s Town Council meeting Tuesday, a resolution that authorized the application and submission of a local match commitment through OCRA was approved unanimously. If the town receives the OCRA grant, it would allow the town to move forward on its water infiltration project. This project would cost a total of $1.4 million. The application must be submitted by April 7.

The council also addressed some sewage adjustments that credited three different parties. The approximate total amount credited was $4,436.

South Whitley’s next Town Council meeting is Tuesday March 28.