City Councilors approve parking ordinance changes

By Ben Holbrook | Jul 11, 2012

Belfast — City Councilors approved the second reading of new parking ordinances that increase fines for parking illegally and establish longer on street parking hours on Saturday.

The new parking ordinances went into effect Saturday, July 7, after councilors unanimously approved the changes.

Councilor Mike Hurley said since the issue has been discussed and enforcement increased a number of the parking issues that frustrated many residents and business owners have been fixed.

“Just talking about it and enforcing it have made a big difference," he said.

City Manager Joseph Slocum said he walked through the downtown area and noticed the parking lots are being utilized more than they have in the past.

For more information regarding the parking ordinance changes, click here.

Alternate Code Enforcement Officer

Councilors approved the appointment of Jamie Francomano, assistant planner, to be the alternate Code Enforcement Officer.

City Manager Wayne Marshall said appointing Francomano will allow him to issue some permits when Code Enforcement Officer Tod Rosenberg is on vacation or otherwise unavailable.

“I wouldn’t have him get certified in all areas. The big thing here is being able to issue building, shoreland and electrical permits when Tod is gone,” Marshall said.

Rail Banking

City Manager Joseph Slocum said a public hearing regarding the option of rail banking all, or a portion of the city owned line from the Penobscot McCrum property to the Waldo County line will be held July 17.

“We could look at banking a portion of the rail out to City Point, so that City Point can still access the rail,” Slocum said.

If the city opts to rail bank then the existing tracks and ties could be removed to allow the installation of a recreational path.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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