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Due to Problem Out Front of Starbucks, New ‘Parking on Sidewalk’ Violation, $50 Fine Proposed

Saying the problem is most prevalent in front of Starbucks, town officials are seeking a new violation and $50 fine for those who park on a sidewalk in New Canaan. As it is, parking enforcement officers may issue a $30 fine under the category “Other” when motorists pull onto the Park Street sidewalk in front of Starbucks, according to Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg. But a dedicated violation and fine more along the lines of what motorists face when they park in a crosswalk ($75) would be preferable, Miltenberg told members of the Parking Commission at their meeting Thursday. “You know at Starbucks where they have the outside tables?” Miltenberg said at the meeting, held at Town Hall. “OK, you know the sidewalk in front of them? Continue Reading →

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Parking Officials Weigh Fine for Motorists Who Fail To Display Handicapped Placards Prominently

Parking officials said last week that they’d like to institute a new fine for motorists who fail to display handicapped placards properly. It long has been the Parking Bureau’s practice to forego issuing tickets to motorists with handicapped stickers on license plates or who have handicapped placards displayed visibly in their cars, such as hanging from a rearview mirror, according to Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg. Yet people who “legitimately have a handicapped permit” have been found to park in a handicapped spot or elsewhere “and they forget to put it up,” Miltenberg told members of the Parking Commission at their regular meeting Thursday. “They leave it on the dashboard, [or] it’s on a seat,” Miltenberg said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “We were wondering if–of course we would take back the fine [for the associated parking violation]—but we would like to implement a small fee for not displaying it properly or not displaying it at all. Continue Reading →

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‘The Car Parked in the Spot to the Left of Me Was a Little Over to the Right’: Parking Ticket Appeals [UPDATED]

[Editor’s Note: We have updated this article by removing the name of a town resident dropped three times in one appellant’s letter.]

Here are excerpts from parking ticket appeals letters filed recently with the New Canaan Parking Bureau:

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“I was parked 3-4 space away from the very small lookin sign. Usually one or two spaces apply to the loading zone not half the block. I didn’t even see the sign. Please send me my court date.”

—$30 for loading zone on Main Street at 10:23 a.m. on April 24 (Darien resident)

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“On Saturday June 9th I was visiting your beautiful city and parked in a large lot thinking, like my town in Virginia, it was free to park on Saturdays and Sundays. I am attaching a photo of the ticket hoping you might forgive an out of towner his first ever ticket. Continue Reading →

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Town Upholds $30 Ticket for Woman Who Parks in Loading Zone on Forest Street

Officials this month upheld a $30 ticket for a woman visiting family in New Canaan who had inadvertently parked in a loading zone on Forest Street. Jennifer Gubilaro told members of the Parking Commission at their most recent meeting that she had been going to Embody Fitness Gourmet for healthy drinks each morning, and found herself parking on either side of the street as close to the business as possible. Though she noticed the striping directly outside of Heritage Square, Gubilaro said during her appeal hearing, she only noticed the white lines on Forest Street designating the various parallel parking spaces and not the signage indicating a loading zone. “I just parked on the left and I looked on the street,” she said during the hearing, held at Town Hall. “I noticed those white things you park inside of and I thought it was a regular parking spot.”

It is, though for a few hours in the morning it’s a loading zone, according to a sign. Continue Reading →

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Man on Crutches Gets Town To Void $150 Ticket for Parking in Handicapped Space

Town officials last week voided a $150 ticket issued to a man who parked in a handicapped space at the New Canaan Post Office though he had no such permit at the time. Gordon Thurber told members of the Parking Commission during a public hearing that he circled the Post Office three times trying to find a parking spot on the afternoon of Tuesday April 17 but “there wasn’t a place to park within three-quarters of a mile.”

Thurber needed to drop into the Post Office to file his taxes that day, and said he’s been unable to walk without crutches since having an accident (a hip replacement is needed, he said) “so I pulled into the handicapped spot” and “and less than five minutes later” there was a ticket on the windshield, he said at the May 10 appeal hearing, held in Town Hall. The ticket for parking illegally in a handicapped zone is by far the most severe in New Canaan and the commission in the past has never voided it, as a rule. Yet in this case, Chairman Keith Richey and Commissioners Stuart Stringfellow and Chris Hering voted to void. Commissioners Pam Crum and Peter Ogilvie voted to uphold, making it a 3-2 vote in Thurber’s favor. Continue Reading →

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