SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is looking to modernize the way residents pay for parking, at the municipal boat launch parking lot in Port Perry.
At a meeting on Monday, June 5th, Council approved a recommendation to enter into an agreement with HonkMobile, on a trial basis, for usage of the parking lot at 2 Old Rail Lane.
With Honkmobile, people can pay for parking either through an app on an android or apple device or on the organization’s website, at www.honkmobile.com. Bylaw officers could then log into the back end of the app to see the license plates of vehicles that had paid for parking.
According to a report from municipal law enforcement officer Chris Goode, the agreement could be terminated by the township at any time with 30 days notice. The trial period is proposed to begin July 1 and end September 30th.
The township currently uses a pay and display system at the boat launch parking lot.
However, Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido was concerned about the extra work it would add for bylaw officers.
“If this is not going to be a regular occurrence, where we are going to police the parking lot, then I’m not sure it is necessarily the right extra workload to be put onto [the bylaw department],” she said.
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back had the same concern.
“It seems like it is a lot of work for our bylaw [officers], to go and check a plate, see if it is [paid]. And then there is that deficiency, that time lapse, where it is not showing that it actually was paid, and then you issue a ticket and they come in and say they actually did buy a ticket,” she said.
Mr. Goode, however, said the time lapse delay would only be “a few minutes.”
Mayor Tom Rowett said he has used HonkMobile before and he thinks “it is excellent.”