Hyde park clarifies parking ticket appeals process

HYDE PARK–A parking ordinance was amended by the City Council Wednesday. Ordinance 2011-02 amended ordinance 2008-01 which was unclear about the process of appealing a parking ticket. The new ordinance informs residents that they are allowed to submit an appeal in writing to be considered by a hearing officer.City Recorder Marsha Hymas proposed to the council that applications for an appeal require a fee. Hymas said Mayor Bryan Cox seemed to feel that the applications needed a fee, due to the amount of clerical work required to process the appeal.The council expressed concern that adding a fee would discourage residents from entering into the appeals process. Councilman Robert Christensen said, “If it’s not going to benefit anyone, it seems to be a moot point.”Councilman Charles Wheeler moved that a public hearing be set up for the issue. Councilwoman Carol Johnson seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously.

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