Higher parking ticket fines mulled

DUBLIN — In preparation for the June 9 meeting with Dublin Police Chief Stephen Sullivan, the Select Board discussed some concerns regarding parking tickets in town at their meeting Monday.

Last month, Sullivan went to the Select Board to propose higher parking fines. He said he would like fines to go up from $10 to $50 dollars, noting that current town ordinances establish “extremely low fines.”

Selectman Peter Thomas said he would support an increase in fines. “I don’t have a problem with [parking fines] going up. Ten dollars is not really a fine, it’s a more like a parking fee. It is not preventing people from doing it,” Thomas said.

Thomas also said an alternative system for parking tickets would be to have a fine that would increase in cost if it’s not paid within a certain period of time. “It could be $25 for the first five days, and then go up to $50 after that,” he said.

Select Board Chair Sterling Abram said low fines make it difficult for police officers to enforce regulations. Additionally, Abram encouraged the other members of the board to prepare inquiries and comments for Sullivan’s presentation next Monday.

In other business, the Select Board met with Road Agent Brian Barden from the Highway Department to discuss restorations of various dirt and paved roads and bridges in Dublin. The members of the board went over construction dates for most roads and bridges, and began a discussion about creating a plan that would determine which roads will be prioritized and under which budget years the work for them would fall . Town administrator Sherry Miller said in an interview Wednesday that Upper Jaffrey Road, Old County Road and Granite Circle are the roads that will be restored this year. Barden expressed concerned regarding how much road renovations will cost. “With the prices of materials, I don’t know if we are going to be able to keep up with all of it,” Barden said.

Abram also referred to the high cost of road renovations and improvements. “We walked into the last Town Meeting thinking we shouldn’t ask for more money, but maybe we should,” he said. At March Town Meeting, a request of $125.000 for road construction and a request of $90.000 for bridge repairs and replacement were both approved.

The Select Board will continue discussing road maintenance at upcoming meetings.

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