by Lisa Tome
At least for now, it seems that Charlestown's parking problem is solved.
Around Memorial Day, the town implemented a new vehicle parking code. That code was put in place as a way to ensure that residents and property owners have a place to park when visiting the town's parks, playgrounds, fishing piers, and beaches.
"It's made a difference. I feel that it has but it's still early on," said town commissioner Joe Letts.
"We're hearing from residents that they are very pleased," said town administrator Wib Pumpaly.
Many of the town's streets now require a vehicle parking permit. There are also several areas where vehicle permits are generally not required. Parking is restricted to special uses only.
"We have had considerably more tickets from the Cecil Sheriff's Office than there have been tows," said Pumpaly. "And residents have a place to park to a greater degree than they have in the past."
About 40 tickets were written in the town for parking violations and other traffic infractions between June 21 and August 27. The cost for violation the new parking code is $15 per infraction if the ticket is paid within 10 days.
Non-resident parking passes for out-of-town and out-of-state visitors are available at a fee of $50 per year. Nearly 50 of those passes were sold, generating $2,300 in revenue. Pumpaly said that revenue was enough to offset the cost of parking passes and signs.
In early fall, the town officials will look at the program to see if fine tuning is needed.