City council to consider changes dealing with parking violations, vehicles, and off-road vehicles

It will be easier for people ticketed for parking violations within the city to pay or appeal their tickets if a measure being introduced during tonight’s regular Kodiak City Council meeting ultimately gets passed.

The proposed ordinance, which has a ways to go before being approved, would change the way the city handles parking tickets along with a number of other, mostly minor, changes to city code.

Parking tickets would be classified as minor offenses. The advantage is that the person can pay a fine with the State of Alaska Court System, or could request a trial in front of a magistrate, according to the packet information available online.

Under the existing system, a ticketed person is subject to an administrative hearing conducted by the city manager or a designee.

 

The City of Kodiak sign at the Kodiak Island Borough Building. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT)

 

Changes are also being considered in chapters that deal with on impounding vehicles, abandoned vehicles, and off-road vehicles. In addition, the proposed ordinance would change the bail and fine schedule.

That is one of a handful of items on the council’s short agenda, with no public hearings and mostly housekeeping items under New Business.

The council will also consider a resolution urging the state to clarify which oil spill statutes and regulations can be eliminated or reformed.

And the council needs to elect a Deputy Mayor.

While there are no public hearings scheduled, there are two points in the meeting where residents can comment for up to three minutes—near the beginning, and near the end of the meeting.

KMXT will broadcast tonight’s city council meeting live from the borough assembly chambers beginning at 7:30.

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