BY DORIS TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The Centennial City Council held a public hearing on an ordinance that will somewhat increase fines that may be assessed for traffic violations in the city. The increase is $25 per violation, with three-point violations resulting in a $100 fine, four-point violations going up to $125, and five-point tickets resulting in a $175 ticket.
Additionally, there will be a $200 fine for parking illegally in a parking space marked for handicapped parking.
Municipal Judge Ford Wheatley was among the city staff making the presentation to the council. He told the council that he has some discretion on the fines for traffic violations. There are approximately 8,000 traffic tickets issued per year, he told the council.
No one spoke against the fine increase. The presenters told the council that the increase in fines will put Centennial “in the middle of the road,” in terms of the fines levied by cities. The Centennial Municipal Court only hears cases resulting in a maximum of six points.
Councilwoman Carrie Penaloza commented to Judge Wheatley that it appears he uses his “discretion in a good way.”
In other business, the council heard a report by Wyatt
Peterson, a member of the city’s staff, about the installation of charging stations for electric cars. There are two stations, one at City Hall, 13133 E. Arapahoe Rd., and the other at the city’s facility at 7272 S. Eagle St. Each station can charge two vehicles at the same time.
In the future, the City Manager likely will have the authority to adjust the charging fees, in order to cover operational costs.
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