Photo by Ted Lutz â€“ Maria Sharrow of 115 Pine Ave. reads a statement Monday at a meeting of the Kane Borough Council. She served as the spokesman for a Kane citizens' group, which has been critical of council for borough spending and a property tax increase this year.
The Kane Borough Council plans to revise its rules for handicapped parking spaces in residential areas.
Council last month voted to eliminate reserved parking for handicapped on residential streets.
But council voted 6-0 Monday to initiate action to revise its ordinance covering residential handicap parking spaces.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Dennis Drost, Harold Hallberg and John Gentilman to approve the "first reading" of the ordinance. Councilman Bill Tunall did not attend the meeting.
Under the new plan, applicants for handicapped parking spaces near their homes must have a special "handicap license plate" issued by the state. A handicap placard is not acceptable in applying for a handicapped parking space.
Applicants will be charged a one-time fee of $40. The annual renewal fee is $10.
Council's Public Safety Committee will review the applications, which will be available at the borough building.
The borough Streets Department will install the handicap parking signs to designate the reserved spaces. Motorists who illegally park in the handicapped spaces face fines of up to $300, plus costs, or jail time.
Successful applicants will receive two reserved parking spaces-- one on both sides of their street near their residence. Two spaces are needed due to the alternate-side parking rules in the winter months.
In other business, council:
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