SHICKSHINNY — The borough still has parking meters and a $10 fine for violations after a 4-1 council vote on Tuesday night that overrode a veto on April 2 by Mayor Beverly Moore.
Moore and Councilman Kevin Morris have opposed the re-establishment of meters.
The vote, which constituted what solicitor John Pike termed a majority plus one, consisted of Council President Rosalie Whitebread and councilmen James Wido, Barry Noss and Mike Steeber.
The matter sustains an ordinance authored by Pike superceding regulations existing before the 2011 flood and raises the fine for violations from $2 to $10.
Morris cast the only negative vote.
Moore, in a prepared statemen, called for the meters to be dismantled to support businesses that are rebuilding. As a secondary alternative, she proposed the fine be reduced to $5 and, in addition, police be given five additional hours to conduct meter patrol.
None of Moore’s proposals was accepted.
Council also debated an unspecified police complaint that had allegations flying across the table and produced a demand by Moore that Noss be removed from the police committee. Moore charged Noss has a personal issue with officer Brian Morris, and because of this issue, Moore demanded that Whitebread replace Noss.
Noss declined to resign. When Moore pressed the issue, Whitebread said she wouldn’t act immediately on Moore’s demand. She said she “needs time to consider it.”
Although the alleged complaint wasn’t attributed directly to Morris, he nonetheless appeared before council to argue that the police aren’t being allotted enough duty hours.
He said under the current schedule, “there isn’t enough time” for paperwork, criminal investigations, conducting enforcements and overseeing parking meters.
“We get complaints from the public, but we just don’t have enough time,” he said.
Steeber made a proposal to extend allocated hours, but there was no other comment from council on Morris’ remarks or on Steeber’s motion.
Council, instead, acted to retain the practice of Morris and Officer Keith Shackles providing individual work reports each month, rather than, as Moore suggested, there be a combined report from the police department.
Council also approved a request by the police for additional equipment.