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Elkins mayor forgives dozens of parking tickets

ELKINS, W.Va. — Elkins Mayor Van Broughton announced Monday the city will forgive dozens of parking tickets written Friday evening, after citizens made their displeasure known through social media over the weekend.

Broughton said anyone who received parking tickets in downtown Elkins for parking meter or “two-hour free zone” violations after 5 p.m. on Friday will not be required to pay the fine. Broughton said in a Facebook post he had “heard concern from the community about parking tickets that were issued” Friday evening.

“If you have already submitted payment, your payment envelope will be held for you to pick up with proper ID until 4 p.m. on Wednesday,” Broughton wrote in the post. “That said, on behalf of our police department, the tickets that were issued were valid citations for actual violations of city parking laws.”

Elkins Police Chief S.D. Richards told The Inter-Mountain Monday at least 40 tickets were issued after 5 p.m. Friday.

Broughton apologized to the public for the confusion and said he understood the city’s “evening parking rules might need some adjustment.” Broughton said he was looking at trying to come up with a reasonable solution, including reaching out to Elkins City Council with some suggested revisions. The mayor said he welcomes public feedback regarding the matter.

“In the meantime, effective immediately, I am ordering the police department not to enforce either parking-meter or ‘two-hour free zone’ violations after 5 p.m.,” Broughton said in the post…

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