(08/13/2002)
The Town of Grantsville has dropped civil cases filed in Calhoun Magistrate Court against individuals who did not pay their $2 parking fines. At least eight people received a civil summons, which escalated the cost to $37.

Magistrate Teresa Robinson also dismissed a civil suit filed by local attorney Kevin Postalwait, since the basis of Postalwait's suit was based on the civil action taken by the Town of Grantsville.

Postalwait, who was one of the eight sued, filed against the Town of Grantsville, claiming their civil action was illegal and denied due process, among other irregularities.

Postalwait did not deny the town's right to collect parking fines, but claimed he was never summoned before Municipal Court, nor did any warrant command his appearance in what the State of West Virginia views as a criminal matter.

Postalwait said "In my case there is plenty of reasonable doubt. That is why I filed the suit, since I have been deprived of defending myself."

Mayor Gary Knight said the individuals did not respond to collection letters. "We are now pursuing plans to seek relief through Circuit Court," he said.

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

See earlier articles:

7/16/02 Grantsville Cracks Down On Parking Fines

7/17/02 Grantsville Parking Fines Cause Of Suit

7/17/02 Mayor Knight Addresses Parking Fines


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