City Clerk Challenger Says He Would Transform Parking Enforcement

By Jeff Neumeyer

October 11, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2011 at 6:00 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The republican trying to unseat Fort Wayne City Clerk, Sandy Kennedy, is proposing a new approach to parking enforcement downtown.

Zach Bonahoom says he would institute a three-part parking plan that calls for investments in technology and customer service.

Bonahoom announced Tuesday he favors first-time parking offenders getting a warning instead of a ticket.

He also wants to put parking control officers on foot patrol for the warmest six to eight months of the year, saving on fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, and allowing parking personnel to provide more guidance and assistance to people they encounter.

In addition, he wants to replace more than 600 outdated meters, with credit card ready meters, giving motorists more options for payment.

Left up to him, not motorists, but the city would pay the card transaction fees.

Zach Bonahoom/(R) City Clerk Candidate: " It's not supposed to produce extra income for the city. It's not supposed to produce revenue. I would like to get the scales more balanced overall, and I think we can do that by saving money in the other ways, putting officers on foot and things like that, to compensate for this kind of convenience for residents."

Bonahoom says he would cut the city clerk staff to realize other savings, though he didn't specify how the cutbacks would come about.

In addition, he says he would explore hiring a collections agency to increase parking ticket revenues.

Sheriff Ken Fries was there to support Bonahoom, saying the upgrade in technology in parking enforcement is long overdue.




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