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Fine increase OK’d by Select Board

Chief: Officers will try to educate public

  • The Dublin Select Board continued discussion on the town's new parking ordinance during their meeting Monday.
  • The Dublin Select Board continued discussion on the town's new parking ordinance during their meeting Monday.
  • The Dublin Select Board continued discussion on the town's new parking ordinance during their meeting Monday.
  • The Dublin Select Board continued discussion on the town's new parking ordinance during their meeting Monday.
  • The Dublin Select Board continued discussion on the town's new parking ordinance during their meeting Monday.
  • The Dublin Select Board continued discussion on the town's new parking ordinance during their meeting Monday.
  • The Dublin Select Board continued discussion on the town's new parking ordinance during their meeting Monday.
  • The Peterborough Recycling Center can no longer save      requested items for residents.  Previously, someone could ask the staff to keep an eye out for a particular item.
  • The Peterborough Recycling Center can no longer save      requested items for residents.  Previously, someone could ask the staff to keep an eye out for a particular item.
  • The Peterborough Recycling Center can no longer save      requested items for residents.  Previously, someone could ask the staff to keep an eye out for a particular item.
  • The Peterborough Recycling Center can no longer save      requested items for residents.  Previously, someone could ask the staff to keep an eye out for a particular item.

DUBLIN — Fines for parking violations in town are on the rise, following an Aug. 4 public hearing on the proposed parking ordinance.

The fine for a no parking violation has been raised from $10 to $25, the parking in a handicap space fine has been raised from $100 to $250, while parking in the way of emergency vehicles remains at $50.

The Select Board called for a public hearing with the purpose of answering questions the public had regarding Police Chief Stephen Sullivan’s recommendation to increase parking fines.

Sullivan, who came to the town from Portsmouth, R.I., in March, felt that if a fine imposed has a little “bite” to it, people will think twice about parking in front of a no parking sign, according to the minutes.

Sullivan went on to explain that when he or his officers find a car parked illegally, they first attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle and ask them to move it; if the owner is not located they will receive a ticket, if the vehicle is in a position where it would hinder emergency efforts, the car would be towed immediately.

Sullivan said he believes it is best to speak with and educate an owner first, rather than just issuing a ticket or towing a vehicle, and that an officer will use discretion as to whether or not a car should be towed immediately or just ticketed.

According to meeting minutes, many residents in attendance that expressed their concern about lack of signage, which makes parking around Dublin Lake confusing. Sullivan recognized this and stated that he would meet with the town’s road agent to be sure that any missing signs are replaced.

There were also many residents in attendance that felt that an increase from $10 to $50 was too much of a jump, according to the minutes.

Resident Steve Baldwin said that he had conducted a study and found that most surrounding town’s fines were $20 to $25. Baldwin said that he finds it offensive when Sullivan uses the expression “a fine with a bite,” and that he does not want the town of Dublin to be known as “the town that bites,” according to the minutes.

Select Board Chair Sterling Abram stated that the general impression that he was getting is that an increase to $50 is excessive, and that half that would be acceptable. He asked for a show of hands to confirm this, and those in attendance agreed. Sterling also stated that the message that signage is an issue that has been heard, according to the minutes.

The Select Board didn’t accept all of Sullivan’s recommendations; they only increased the no parking violation fine from $10 to $25, rather than to $50, and they kept the parking in a fire lane fine at $50.

On Wednesday, Baldwin told the Ledger-Transcript that he believes the small town of Dublin does not require any increase in parking fines.

“Portsmouth is a city of 17,000 people, Dublin has 1,500-plus. I want what’s best for Dublin, and Dublin to remain a small town,” said Baldwin on Wednesday.

Sullivan did not return a phone call requesting comment by press time Wednesday.

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