Police ticketing unmoved vehicles; City council accepts quiet zone
Police ticketing unmoved vehicles
In order to assist the Fairfield city crew with snow removal, the Fairfield Police Department will be issuing parking tickets and impounding vehicles.
The city doesn’t have an ordinance regarding snow removal, but residents are required to move their vehicles every 24 hours; if a vehicle has not been moved after 48 hours, it is impounded.
All vehicles in the business district will be towed after 24 hours to allow the city crew to bring in large snow removal equipment in order to haul the snow away. The snow removal operation is usually done in the middle of the night to traffic to the businesses is not disrupted.
The average costs for parking enforcement are:
• a 24-hour ticket costs $10 and jumps to $20 if not paid in 30 days.
• a 48-hour ticket is an additional $10 and jumps to $20 if not paid in 30 days.
• an impound towing charge ranges from $45 to $50 based on tow company rates.
• the tow company storage rate ranges from $10 to $15 per day.
“Unfortunately, officers do not have the time to go door to door asking people to move their cars prior to issuing parking tickets,” said Fairfield Police Chief Julie Harvey. “Typically, officers are too busy handling accidents, and the night shift officers write those citations in the middle of the night.”
Harvey suggested any resident traveling during the holiday season or who might be sick should make arrangements to have their vehicles moved to private property.
City council accepts quiet zone
The Fairfield City Council accepted the Fairfield Burlington Northern Santa Fe Quiet Zone Project, eight years in the making, as final Monday night at city hall. Mayor Ed Malloy reported receiving a letter from French-Reneker-Associates engineer Jerry Long approving the crossings and signage as complete.
Trains began passing quietly through town without sounding their horns Nov. 20. The project is a result of years of fundraising within the community and working with the railroad company and Federal Railroad Administration to meet railroad crossing guidelines.
Councilman Daryn Hamilton, who Malloy described as an “old adversary” of the project, rushed to make the motion to accept its completion. The council unanimously approved the motion.
Malloy congratulated councilman Michael Halley for seeing the project to completion, and John Revolinski for championing it in its beginning, less popular stages.
“The project has had its ebbs and flows,” said Malloy, “It is a significant part of improving the quality of life within the city.”
The Quiet Zone went into effect on the birthday of Bill Blackmore, one of the original proponents who drove fundraising for the crossing construction.
“Technically, the first quiet train came through just after my birthday had ended, but it was still an awesome present!” he said. “It was great, no doubt about it.”
Blackmore said the quiet zone already is improving quality of life in the city, and could affect real estate as well.
“At a bare minimum this removes an objection a buyer might have to buy a home near the tracks,” he said. “I think over the years the discounted values of homes very close to the tracks will rise to a more normal level as compared to other homes in town.”
Malloy commented he’d received positive feedback from residents, even from those who were previously indifferent to the change.
— Donna Schill Cleveland, Ledger staff writer