Susquehanna adopts new winter parking ordinance

A winter parking ordinance is in effect in Susquehanna.
From November 15 through April 15, If snowfall totals one or more inches in a 24-hour period – or if the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm advisory, watch or warning – the new ordinance, adopted Wednesday, Dec. 14, makes it illegal to park any vehicle on a borough street.
The penalty for the first office will be $50; and $100 for subsequent offenses. The violator vehicle will be subject to tow without notice at the owner’s expense.
According to the new ordinance, any vehicle that becomes plowed in or completely covered in snow from lack of compliance will be towed.
Additional expenses incurred uncovering the vehicle prior to being towed will also be the responsibility of the owner and must be paid prior to the release of the vehicle.
Borough council also adopted its 2017 budget totaling $417,677 – a small decrease from the current year’s budget. But property owners will see a 1.5 mill increase in their tax bills – the first increase in nine years – raising the total millage to 25.7 (257 cents for every $100 in assessed value).
Revenue in the borough is down with the removal of some blighted properties. But council members are hopeful that some new housing and development of those lots will bring those back to the tax rolls.
Council will continue to hold its regular business meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.
The borough is also considering adopting an ordinance regarding Abandoned Vehicles at its Jan. 11, 2017 meeting.
Councilman Roy Williams said the proposed ordinance had been reviewed by the borough solicitor and that it allowed ample opportunity and time for owners to remove the vehicle from the streets before they can be towed.
Williams reported the borough’s Dept. of Public Works had been busy playing and salting for the past month and that the police were doing a “good job” in alerting homeowners to move their vehicles in order for the plow trucks to better get through the streets.

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