(07/16/2002)
The Town of Grantsville is cracking down on unpaid parking fines, according to Magistrate Court Records. A civil summons has been served on eight individuals who did not pay their $1 fine, they are now facing a $37 fee.

The town has warned drivers each ticket will constitute a separate offense.

The individuals did not respond to collection letters sent to them by Mayor Gary Knight and Patrick Starkey, the town's court recorder.

The Mayor advised the offenders in a collection letter, the town "has the right to charge for parking space within our municipality and levy fines whenever necessary and appropriate."

The town is bypassing their own Municipal Court to deal with parking problems by filing civil suits. Mayor Knight said, "The town is not utilizing the city court to collect delinquent parking meter fines because it does not have the right, by state statute, to issue warrants as it once did.

The subjects have 20 days to respond. A judgment will be obtained against those not answering. The suit says the individuals have the right to a jury trial.

Knight says the Town of Grantsville relies on parking meters for much needed revenue for the town.


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