Frisco to enforce (some) parking regulations
FRISCO – Frisco police officers are going to start writing parking tickets.
Historically, officials have been reluctant to enforce parking ordinances – such as two-hour parking on Main Street and no parking from 2 to 6 a.m. in the winter – for fear of driving tourists away. So police officers have primarily distributed warnings.
Between October and April, Frisco officers placed almost 800 warnings on windshields, Frisco Chief of Police Tom Wickman said during Tuesday’s council worksession. Sixty-five of those vehicles were issued two warnings and a number received additional warnings.
“We warned one person 13 times,” Wickman said.
Had Frisco enforced its parking restrictions and issued tickets instead of warnings, it would have generated about $34,000 from fines in six months, Wickman said. Instead, officers have issued only 10 tickets and collected $350 in parking fines.
Frisco officials need to decide whether they want to enforce town parking regulations or consider removing parking signs, Wickman and Frisco Town Manager Alan Briley both say.
Council members agreed with Wickman’s recommendation to begin ticketing overnight parking offenders who impede winter plowing operations. They will distribute fliers in October notifying residents and visitors of the change. After that, offenders will get one warning before they are ticketed – for $35.
Town officials also agreed to have police issue tickets when cars are towed, and they are considering increasing parking fines, after a period of two weeks or so, to encourage timely payment. They have yet to determine whether they want officers to enforce Frisco’s infamously unenforced two-hour-parking limit in the Main Street area.
Councilmember David Amli suggested the town remove the two-hour time limit parking signs if it’s not going to enforce the rule.
“It makes us sound kind of flaky,” he said. “We’re telling them one thing, but we’re not following through with it.”
Councilmember Bernie Zurbriggen was hesitant about removing the signs. There may be people who abide by the two-hour time limit, he said, and removing the signs might only exacerbate the parking problem.
“My philosophy on ordinances is, if you’re not going to enforce it, get rid of it,” said Pat Tisdale, town attorney. “If it isn’t going to be enforced, I’d take the signs down.”
Council members agreed to wait until the town receives the results of its community survey – which asks residents, business owners and homeowners about various issues, including parking – before making a final decision on the two-hour parking limit in the town’s core.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or email@example.com.
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