Borough considers Sunday parking fee
By: Jennifer Potash , Staff Writer 06/13/2003
Ticket fine jumps from $18 to $22.

The Princeton Borough Council is considering a proposal that would charge for parking on Sundays at the new downtown garage, scheduled to open at the end of the year.
And in a related development, parking ticket fines recently increased.
Borough tradition is not to charge a fee for parking at municipal meters or in municipal lots on Sundays.
The Sunday fee, proposed by Mayor Marvin Reed, would be 25 cents per two hours, or a total of $3 for 24 hours.
The new municipal garage's basic rates would be the same as the former Park & Shop parking lot - 50 cents per hour up to four hours, and $1.50 per hour thereafter, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Payment options for the new garage will vary. Users will be able to pay by using a credit card, a borough cash card or pocket money at the pay-on-foot stations in the garage. Princeton Public Library patrons may also obtain a magnetic strip card to enter the garage - obtainable from a station at the vehicle entry gates that can be validated for the amount of time spent at the library.
The cash cards may also be used at borough parking meters. The mayor said meters in the central business district will be fitted with card readers by September so motorists can adjust to the new system before the garage opens. The cash card would carry some discount for the initial purchase, but the discount would not apply to refills of the cards, officials said. Under the mayor's proposals, a card for $20 of parking would cost $18 and a $50 parking card would cost $40.
For individuals needing 24-hour access to the new garage, such as residents of the new apartments or managers of the retail spaces in the two adjacent mixed-use buildings, the borough will sell transponders akin to the EZ Pass device mounted on a vehicle's rear-view mirror. The mayor said the borough should charge a rate similar to the Palmer Square garage rates - about $170 a month.
"We don't want to compete with Palmer Square," he said. The mayor said he brought the fee suggestion to the council to get the governing body to take up the issue at future meetings.
The borough will not offer an overnight residential parking permit system in the new garage and instead is proposing a maximum charge of $2.50 per night, or $60 per month - a $50 increase from the former Park & Shop lot night permit fee. Overnight parking will be from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
A permit-less system for the garage offers benefits, the mayor said.
Residents lacking driveways or on-street parking would be able to have guests park in the garage for a minimal fee rather than go through the hassle of obtaining a temporary permit from Borough Hall, Mayor Reed said.
Another element of the mayor's proposal would increase overnight parking fees in municipal lots from $10 to $25 per month.
With the low $10 rate, many people hold permits for the other municipal lots but do not actually park in them, according to recent counts by the borough police department, said Borough Administrator Robert Bruschi.
On the issue of parking fines, the penalty for a typical parking offense, such as meter feeding or parking too long, has increased from $18 to $22, a 22-percent increase.
Mr. Bruschi said Municipal Court Judge Russell W. Annich Jr. raised the fines.
Several years ago, when the borough raised the fine from $15, a state law required that municipalities contribute $2 from each municipal ticket fine toward a spinal-injury fund, Mr. Bruschi said. The last increase accommodated the mandate but kept revenue relatively flat, Mr. Bruschi said.
"We didn't want to raise it all in one fell swoop," he said.