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Parking fine increase on its way to Cadiz

A parking fine increase is on its way to the village of Cadiz.

A parking fine increase is on its way to the village of Cadiz.

In the words of the folks at the Harrison County Senior Center, you might as well drop in by helicopter to do business in the village of Cadiz, because there is nowhere to park.

There are free parking spots for durations of 10 minutes, and 2 hours throughout the business district. But in less than 2 weeks, the fines for those spaces are going to go up by 300 percent.

"After we talked to the police committee and some of the councilmen, they agreed with me that it was time to make a change on the parking citations with the fine amounts," Cadiz Police Chief Ryan McCann said.

What's been a $5 fine for exceeding a free timed parking limit will soon be $20. And if that is not paid in 24 hours, it becomes a $40 fine.

"Five dollars is not enough to pay the expenses of having to follow up on a parking citation," McCann said.

McCann said he looked at ordinances passed in Wheeling and put the similar $20 fine amount to council, which was passed in October. The new fines go live Sunday, Nov. 19.

That includes a $250 fine for parking in a handicapped spot; parking in front of a fire hydrant will net you $100 fine, as well as parking in a paid parking spot. It's been only a $5 fine if you parked in front of a hydrant.

"Five dollars, I mean what we were running into a while back was people would just pay the $5 because they would just want to park there," McCann said.

But some folks in Cadiz say county and village officials should do more to solve the actual parking problem.

"We have people that come and there's no parking spaces for them," said Dennis Bauer, driver, Harrison County Senior Center.

"It's going to turn customers away,” resident Bill Sutherland said. “But the problem we have in town is we don't have enough spaces for the people who work in town."

Business owners might appreciate the potential for the fines to free up parking for regular customers.

"We hope that this will be a deterrent to the people who are maybe apartment dwellers, or employees, who tend to take up all the parking spaces and make the dollars drive out of town," said Howard Landkrohn of the Cadiz Business Association

"I just hope people keep coming to town and spending money,” Sutherland said. “That's what they're here for. That's all we have businesses for, but we don't want to turn them away with stuff like this."

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