SUMMERSIDE – The city’s police services committee is recommending that council extend its policy to authorize police to enforce parking regulations in small, privately owned properties.
The committee received a request from Gerry Bryanton, property manager for the Harbour Terrace Condominium at 8 Queen St., to have city police enforce the disabled parking ban in the parking lots on the south and west side of the building along with the ban on parking in the fire lane at the building.
Mayor Basil Stewart questioned of city police enforcing parking bylaws on private property.
Police Chief David Poirier said the city does so on larger properties but to date not on lots of this size with just four disabled parking spots.
“This is a first request for a small institution such as this,” Poirier said. “We do privates in all of the malls, and others. This is the first request we’ve had for such a smaller area.”
Stewart asked at what point does the city decide that this is private property and not really the responsibility of the city.
Poirier said there is nothing in the bylaw to distinguish public from private with regards to size.
“I told the property manager it may be an issue but we would bring it forward and see what council decides,” the police chief said. “He has already placed his disabled parking signs and I told him we can’t enforce it unless we put it in the bylaw.”
Poirier said he would recommend the city enforce the bylaw for these disabled parking spaces, but added the mayor does have a point as to where the city draws the line.
“Since it is downtown and is heavily used, I’m recommended it,” he said.
Councillor Frank Costa said it is “pretty straight forward” that the city enforce the parking bylaw because people who are in the downtown area and who need these spaces should be permitted to access them.
Councillor Peter Holman said along with the condominium units there are commercial businesses in the Harbourfront Terrace building so he would also be supporting the request.
Councillor Tina Mundy, chairwoman of the police services committee, reminded council that the council for people with disabilities has recognized the city for its work in enforcing the bylaw on disabled parking.
Poirier said the parking spots will come under routine patrols.
The request will go before city council on Oct. 21.