7/1/2019 1:19:00 PM New Parking Ordinance Now In Effect
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
About the only big difference for most people in Lincolnton's new parking ordinance will be the cost of a parking ticket--which increased from $20 to $25 effective Monday (July 1st). The parking time limits are still the same in the different zones--from a two-hour limit in the central business district to a three-hour limit a little further out. The limits are clearly marked by signs.
The biggest difference will be for repeat offenders who have failed to pay their parking tickets.
The City has contracted with a company that will take care of those collections--and if you're a repeat offender with multiple tickets you haven't paid, it can not only get expensive but it can actually stop you from moving your car.
The Barnacle device, once opened, is placed on the driver's side front windshield. A thousand pounds of pressure holds it in place. The only way to get it removed is to pay your tickets and penalties--then the company will give you a code to unlock the device which you will need to return to the Police Department.
City police already keep a record of unpaid tickets, and those who fail to pay in a timely fashion are subject to being 'barnacled.'
If you get a parking ticket, you have 14 days to appeal--there may be a legitimate reason why you exceeded the two-hour limit, like jury duty, which can be explained by a letter from the Clerk of Court. If you don't appeal within 14 days, the ticket is due and you'll pay an extra penalty until you pay it off. Get too many unpaid tickets and you'll be 'barnacled.'
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