Parking plan being phased in this week

July 24, 1996|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

After years of complaints about parking congestion in historic Ellicott City, a new parking control plan is being phased in this week that includes meters in some public lots, tough enforcement in tow-away zones and a private firm to ticket motorists.

The effort will be monitored for the rest of the summer by merchants and planning and zoning officials, and will be re-evaluated in September, said Marsha McLaughlin, deputy director of the county's Department of Planning and Zoning.

Formal enforcement of on-street parking rules will begin tomorrow. Metered parking enforcement will begin Friday, McLaughlin said.

And this past Monday, two officers from J. L. Associates -- the Hampton, Va.-based parking firm that patrols parts of Baltimore and Montgomery counties -- began passing out warnings to offending parkers. "We're not coming here to be the Gestapo," said Bob Edwards, the firm's Howard County project manager. "We want to ease the problem."

The plan is intended to create more turnover along Main Street and in the most convenient lots in Ellicott City, which often is congested with tourist traffic going to antiques shops, restaurants and such attractions as the B&O Railroad Station Museum, McLaughlin said.

Under the parking enforcement program, there will be a $14 fine for those who exceed the timed limits on the street or at meters; a $24 fine for parking in a loading zone; and a $100 fine for parking in a handicapped space.

Police seek to identify man found wandering

Howard County police are trying to identify a man who was found wandering near the intersection of U.S. 40 and U.S. 29 in Ellicott City Monday.

The man was wearing hospital-type garb over regular street clothes and had no shoes when police found him incoherent on the side of the highway, said Sgt. Steven Keller of the county police.

The man appeared to be talking to himself but could not provide information about himself to police or doctors who examined him at Howard County General Hospital yesterday. He has been committed to the Springfield State Hospital in Sykesville, where he will stay for 30 days if no one can identify him, Keller said.

Keller said the man does not fit any missing person reports.

The man is described as a 35- to 45-year-old black male, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds. Anyone with information about him can call Howard County police at (410) 313-3200.

75-year-old is robbed while walking home

A 75-year-old Ellicott City man was robbed about 12: 20 p.m. Monday as he walked home along North Chatham Road from the Village Green Shopping Center in Ellicott City, police said. The robber took the man's wallet and an unspecified amount of cash. No one was injured.

The assailant is described as a black male in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds. He was clean-shaven and last seen wearing a black-and-white checkered jacket and dark slacks.

Police have no suspects in the robbery.

Police log

Ellicott City: 8700 block of Town & Country Boulevard: Police responded to an alarm at the Town & Country Deli and found that someone had tried to break shatterproof glass with a rock. No entry was made into the business.

Pub Date: 7/24/96

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