After a brief discussion, City Council passed a motion during Monday evening’s meeting to implement a one-year Parking By-Law Enforcement pilot through a third-party organization.
Previously, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service was in charge of parking enforcement (outside of the downtown core and City monitored lots) on top of their other duties. Due to this, response time was slow (or sometimes non-existent) due to calls of higher priority.
“Police Services completed a preliminary review of the current model, the workload placed on officers and the inability to improve response time due to higher priority calls,” says a report to council.
“It indicates the necessity for an alternative response and the recommendation being made from Police Services is to contract a third party vendor to provide the City of Sault Ste. Marie with parking by-law enforcement.
Under the new model, the police would perform the proper background review on the call and would simply notify the third-party for the enforcement, providing them with the information to attend and issue the appropriate enforcement or tow. The vendor would then report back to the Police so the action could be documented in the call for service.”
Council’s approval means that the city can now go ahead and authorize staff to issue a Request for Proposal.
The results of this pilot project will be brought back to Council as part of the 2020 Budget decision process.