News Brief: Council approves $60 fine over parking limit chalk marks

The Winters City Council approved last Tuesday a punitive fine that goes hand-in-hand with the city’s renewed interest in enforcing time limits on downtown parking spaces.
FILE: A public parking sign along Abbey Street in Winters. Photo by Matthew Keys

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In November, Winters officials said parking time limits that were approved two months earlier would come with fees capped at $30 for most parking violations, with metered spots would be enforced by the city’s community service officers making a chalk mark on the tires of vehicles. That enforcement has not yet started for a number of reasons, including a loophole in the law that allowed residents and visitors to simply erase the chalk marks without penalty. Last Tuesday, the council closed that loophole by enacting a $60 fine for anyone who removes the marks instead of moving their vehicle. Winters Police Department Chief John Miller said the fine was intended to be punitive for people who erase marks instead of moving their cars. The proposal was unanimously approved by the council.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported enforcement of parking regulations would be carried out by police officers. After publication in the newspaper, a police spokesperson emailed the Express to clarify the enforcement would be carried out by community service officers. ]]>

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