If you happen to get a parking ticket in Wheeling in the next few weeks, there’s a way you can skip the pay and help out your neighbors.
Councilman Brian Wilson is suggesting that from Wednesday December 20th through the end of this year, anyone who gets a parking ticket can donate five canned goods to the city instead of paying for the ticket.
Mayor Glenn Elliott said they have had some people who are upset after the raise in parking ticket fees, so this is council’s way of giving back.
This resolution does need to be voted on. If it passes, you will be able to go to the ticket office on the first floor of the city building and pay any ticket you received from the 21st through the 30th with five canned goods.
This will only apply to any overtime fine tickets, which are $10.
Mayor Elliott said the city is happy to waive some revenue for a good cause.
“This is some way to remind that there are a lot of folks in need throughout the city, this is a way to give back to them, and I think folks will feel good about giving cans in lieu of paying the parking tickets for a few week,” said Elliott.
This resolution will be voted on by council at their next meeting on Tuesday. If it is approved, it will be effective immediately.
City Council also wants to remind you if you’re heading out to do some Christmas shopping, there is always free parking on the evenings and weekends.