City of Bangor, ME
Penobscot County
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[Amended 2-11-1991 by Ord. No. 91-64]
[Amended 12-9-1991 by Ord. No. 92-32]
A. 
Except when necessary in obedience to traffic regulations, traffic signs or signals or at the specific direction of a law enforcement officer, it shall be unlawful and a violation of this article for any person:
(1) 
Positioning of vehicle. To stop, stand or park a vehicle in a roadway other than parallel to the edge of the roadway, headed in the direction of traffic and with the curbside wheels of the vehicle within six inches of the edge of the roadway, except upon those streets which have been marked or signed for angle parking.
(2) 
Parking vehicles unattended. To allow a vehicle to stand on a street unattended without first setting the brakes thereon and stopping the motor of said vehicle and, when standing upon a perceptible grade, without turning the front wheels of such vehicle to the curb or to the side of the street or highway.
B. 
Downtown Parking Management Area. Parking in all areas shown on a map entitled "Downtown Parking Management District" and dated 1996, as may be further amended by the Council, shall be regulated as shown on said map, a copy of which shall be maintained in the City Planning office and is made a part hereof. The Downtown Parking Management District Map is incorporated by reference into Parking Schedules I through XX referenced by this chapter.
[Amended 7-13-1998 by Ord. No. 98-267; 5-27-2009 by Ord. No. 09-154; 11-23-2009 by Ord. No. 10-010; 1-10-2011 by Ord. No. 11-034; 7-13-2015 by Ord. No. 15-226]
(1) 
Violation waiver policy.
(a) 
Within the Downtown Parking Management Area, it shall be the policy of the City of Bangor to waive any parking ticket issued for hourly parking violations under § 291-39 of this chapter, provided that the individual or vehicle concerned has not been cited for a previous parking violation under § 291-39 within 120 days prior to the ticket date. The Parking Enforcement Division shall notify the individual concerned whenever a parking ticket has been waived under this policy.
(b) 
[1]Within the Downtown Parking Management District, it shall be the policy of the City of Bangor to allow vehicles with valid handicapped parking plates or placards, properly displayed, to park for twice the amount of the time otherwise permitted.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(1)(b), which provided a repeal date for this Subsection B(1), was repealed 5-24-1999 by Ord. No. 99-180.
C. 
Emergency vehicles excepted. Police, fire, public and private ambulance and rescue vehicles, when responding to a call or actually providing fire-fighting, emergency or rescue services, shall be exempt from the provisions of this Article III.
[Amended 10-28-1996 by Ord. No. 96-409]
A. 
It shall be unlawful and in violation of this article for any person:
(1) 
Parking prohibited near intersection. To stop or stand a vehicle in a roadway within 30 feet of any intersection unless otherwise allowed by City ordinance.
[Amended 5-9-1994 by Ord. No. 94-200]
(2) 
Parking prohibited near fire hydrants. To stop, stand or park along the side line of any traveled way any vehicle, either occupied or not, within 12 feet of any fire hydrant.
(3) 
Parking prohibited on sidewalks and esplanades. To stop, stand or park a vehicle on any portion or part of a public sidewalk or esplanade, except for temporary overflow parking at the Municipal Golf Course on the esplanade between Webster Avenue and the existing parking lot and on designated portions of the golf course property located south of Webster Avenue and west of the Bangor Hydro Substation.
[Amended 3-9-2015 by Ord. No. 15-095]
(4) 
Parking prohibited near driveways.
[Added 3-9-2015 by Ord. No. 15-095[1]]
(a) 
To stop, stand or park a vehicle on a street within 10 feet of the point where the center line of a driveway meets the paved portion of a street.
(b) 
To stop, stand or park a vehicle so as to interfere with or hinder the ingress or egress to or from a driveway. A vehicle in violation of this § 291-38A(4)(b) may, at the option of any City of Bangor police officer or other City employee authorized to enforce this subsection, be removed and stored until all waiver fees established pursuant to this article for all outstanding notices of violation, and also the impoundment, storage and other charges authorized under this article, have been paid. Upon the removal and storage of such a vehicle, the City shall follow the procedure outlined in § 291-46C through F.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection A(4) as Subsection A(5).
(5) 
Parking prohibited at all times - Schedule I. In addition to the foregoing Subsection A(1) through (4), to stop, stand or park a vehicle on the streets or portions of streets duly marked or posted and which are described or specified in Schedule I.[2]
[Amended 3-9-2015 by Ord. No. 15-095]
[2]
Editor's Note: Schedule I is on file in the City Clerk's office.
B. 
Signs. Except as otherwise provided by this chapter, the City Manager is hereby authorized and directed to cause signs to be placed, installed or removed at on-street and off-street public parking locations owned, leased or operated by the City of Bangor or leased by the City to private parking lot operators.
[Amended 2-26-1996 by Ord. No. 96-106]
C. 
The Chief of Police or his or her designee may temporarily close a way to vehicular traffic and parking or to vehicles of a certain description or divert pedestrian or vehicular traffic for the public safety or convenience when said way is being paved or undergoing other road repair or maintenance.
[Added 10-27-1997 by Ord. No. 97-414]
[Amended 2-26-1996 by Ord. No. 96-107; 11-23-2009 by Ord. No. 10-010; 1-27-2014 by Ord. No. 14-061; 11-24-2014 by Ord. No. 15-005; 7-13-2015 by Ord. No. 15-226]
It shall be unlawful and in violation of this article for any person:
A. 
Parking limited to 15 minutes - Schedule XX. To stop, stand or park a vehicle for more than 15 minutes between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when such parking may be permitted, on those streets or portions of streets described or specified in Schedule XX.
B. 
Parking limited to 30 minutes - Schedule II. To stop, stand or park a vehicle for more than 30 minutes between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when such parking may be permitted, on those streets or portions of streets described or specified in Schedule II.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule II is on file in the City Clerk's office.
C. 
Parking limited to one hour - Schedule III. To stop, stand or park a vehicle for more than one hour between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when such parking may be permitted, on those streets or portions of streets duly marked or posted and which are described or specified in Schedule III.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Schedule III is on file in the City Clerk's office.
D. 
Parking limited to 90 minutes - Schedule XI, To stop, stand or park a vehicle for more than 90 minutes between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when such parking may be permitted, on those streets or portions of streets described or specified in Schedule XI.
E. 
Parking limited to two hours - Schedule IV. To stop, stand or park a vehicle for more than two hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when such parking may be permitted, on those streets or portions of streets duly marked or posted and which are described or specified in Schedule IV.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Schedule IV is on file in the City Clerk's office.
F. 
Parking limited to four hours - Schedule XIV. To stop, stand or park a vehicle for more than four hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when such parking may be permitted, on those streets or portions of streets duly marked or posted and which are described or specified in Schedule XIV.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Schedule XIV is on file in the City Clerk's office.
G. 
To stop, stand or park a commercial vehicle greater than one ton in capacity for more than four hours on those streets or portions of streets located in residential districts. This subsection shall not apply to the following:
(1) 
Commercial vehicles used for moving a person or household in or out of a residential building.
(2) 
Commercial vehicles owned or operated by public utilities, gas or oil heat suppliers or gas or oil heat systems maintenance companies, or the agents or employees thereof.
H. 
Handicapped parking. It shall be the policy of the City of Bangor to allow vehicles with valid handicapped parking plates or placards, properly displayed, to park for twice the amount of the time otherwise permitted.
It shall be unlawful and in violation of this article for any person:
A. 
Parking prohibited except loading and unloading for commercial uses and taxicabs - Schedule V. To stop, stand or park a vehicle for any purpose or length of time, other than for the expeditious unloading and delivery or pickup and loading of passengers or freight for a taxicab or commercial vehicle, within any of the spaces duly marked or posted and described or specified in Schedule V.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule V is on file in the City Clerk's office.
B. 
Parking for persons with disabilities - To park in a parking space designated and clearly marked for persons with physical disabilities if that person has not been issued or is not transporting a person who has been issued a disability registration plate or a removable windshield placard pursuant to 29-A M.R.S.A. § 521 or 523 or a disability registration plate or placard issued by another state. A person is also in violation of this article if that person parks in an access aisle, regardless of whether the person has been issued a disability registration plate or removable placard. A person is also in violation of this article if he or she is a registered owner of a vehicle at the time that vehicle is involved in a violation of this § 291-40B. Except as provided in 29-A M.R.S.A. § 521(9-B)(D), it is not a defense to a violation of this subsection that a registered owner was not operating the vehicle at the time of the violation.
[Amended 9-14-1998 by Ord. No. 98-339; 4-23-2007 by Ord. No. 07-140; 9-9-2013 by Ord. No. 13-290]
C. 
Parking for police vehicles only - Schedule VII. To stop, stand or park any vehicle, other than a municipally owned police vehicle, on those streets or portions of streets or in those portions of parking areas duly posted and which are described or specified in Schedule VII.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Schedule VII is on file in the City Clerk's office.
D. 
Parking for buses only - Schedule VIII. To stop, stand or park any vehicle, other than a bus, on those streets or portions of streets or in those portions of parking areas duly posted and which are described or specified in Schedule VIII.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Schedule VIII is on file in the City Clerk's office.
E. 
Parking for rental vehicles - Schedule IX. To stop, stand or park any vehicle, other than a vehicle belonging to a rental car agency having a place of business at Bangor International Airport, on those streets or portions of streets or in those portions of parking areas located at said airport duly posted and which are described or specified in Schedule IX.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Schedule IX is on file in the City Clerk's office.
F. 
Parking prohibited except for vehicles with special permits - Schedule XIII. To stop, stand or park any vehicle, other than a vehicle displaying a valid special permit, on those streets or portions of parking areas duly posted and which are described or specified in Schedule XIII.[5]
[Amended 2-26-1996 by Ord. No. 96-108]
[5]
Editor's Note: Schedule XIII is on file in the City Clerk's office.
G. 
Resident parking by permit only - Schedule XV. Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on normal business days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, to stop, stand or park any vehicle, other than a vehicle displaying a valid neighborhood resident parking permit issued by the Police Chief under regulations to be prescribed by Council order, on those streets or portions of streets duly posted and which are described or specified in this Subsection G, subject to the provisions of this Article III.
[Amended 11-13-1996 by Ord. No. 96-408; 12-9-1996 by Ord. No. 97-28; 10-17-1997 by Ord. No. 97-413; 10-26-1998 by Ord. No. 98-406; 10-11-2000 by Ord. No. 00-373]
(1) 
Service and delivery vehicles excepted. Nonresident vehicles stopped, standing or parked for the purpose of making deliveries or providing services to a residence located on a street or portion of a street described or specified in this Subsection G shall not be required to display the permit otherwise required by this Subsection G. Such vehicles must be stopped, standing or parked within 200 feet of the residence concerned, as measured along the road frontage, for this exception to apply.
(2) 
The following streets or portions of streets shall be residential parking by permit only until the stated date: French Street on both sides of French Street in the block between Cumberland Street and Garland Street until November 1, 2003.
[Amended 2-11-2002 by Ord. No. 02-91]
[Added 9-22-1997 by Ord. No. 97-381]
Commercial vehicles may be permitted to double park for up to 15 minutes while loading or unloading goods on Main Street, Exchange Street, Harlow Street and Central Street in the Downtown Development District, provided that said vehicles shall not double park under the following conditions:
A. 
When a designated loading space is located within the same block.
B. 
Adjacent to any diagonal parking space causing a blockage.
C. 
Opposite any vehicle which is double parked on the other side of the street or in such a way as to block the passage of two lanes of traffic or any emergency vehicle. Any vehicle parking in the street under the provisions of this subsection which does not provide at least 18 feet of clearance between it and any parked vehicle or obstruction in the travel way shall be deemed in violation of this section.
[Amended 12-11-2000 by Ord. No. 01-44]
It is hereby declared to be a policy of the City of Bangor to provide for off-street parking.
A. 
Off-street parking lots established - Schedule X. Off-street parking lots and the conditions under which they shall be operated are hereby established at those locations described in Schedule X.[1] The City Council shall establish by order a Schedule of Fees for the use of off-street parking lots.
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule X is on file in the City Clerk's office.
B. 
Violations. It shall be unlawful and in violation of this section for any person to cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in the name of or operated by such person to be parked within any established off-street parking area within the City in violation of the operation conditions for said lot, said operation conditions to be established from time to time by the City Manager and posted at the entrance to each off-street parking area.
[Added 5-24-1999 by Ord. No. 99-179; amended 12-11-2000 by Ord. No. 01-44]
It is hereby declared to be a policy of the City of Bangor to provide for on-street parking.
A. 
On-street parking lots established - Schedule XVI. On-street parking lots and the conditions under which they shall be operated are hereby established at those locations described in Schedule XVI.[1] The City Council shall establish by order a Schedule of Fees for the use of on-street parking lots.
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule XVI is on file in the City Clerk's office.
B. 
Violations. It shall be unlawful and in violation of this section for any person to cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in the name of or operated by such person to be parked within any established on-street parking area within the City in violation of the operation conditions for said lot, said operation conditions to be established from time to time by the City Manager and posted at the entrance to each on-street parking lot area.
[Amended 11-30-1994 by Ord. No. 95-4; 12-23-1996 by Ord. No. 97-48; 9-14-1998 by Ord. No. 998-339; 1-8-2001 by Ord. No. 01-79; 1-12-2004 by Ord. No. 04-45; 3-27-2006 by Ord. No. 06-105; 5-8-2017 by Ord. No. 17-137]
A. 
Wintertime parking. Except for any public way, as defined in 17-A M.R.S.A. § 505, public square, or on-street public parking area in the Downtown Parking Management Area as established by § 291-37B, it shall be unlawful and in violation of this article, between the beginning of the first Snow Clearing Order of the winter called pursuant to Subsection B below and March 31 of each winter, for any person:
[Amended 9-25-2017 by Ord. No. 17-325]
(1) 
Nighttime parking prohibited: to stop, stand or park, or allow to remain, a vehicle in or upon any public way, as defined in 17-A M.R.S.A. § 505, public square or on-street public parking area within the City of Bangor between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., Eastern standard time or Eastern daylight time, as may then be in effect.
(2) 
Daytime alternate-side parking:
(a) 
To stop, stand, remain in or upon any public way, as defined in 17-A M.R.S.A. § 505, within the City of Bangor between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight, Eastern standard time or Eastern daylight time, as may then be in effect, except that parking shall be permitted on the odd-numbered side of each public way on the odd-numbered days of the month and parking shall be permitted on the even-numbered side of each public way on the even-numbered days of the month.
(b) 
Exceptions. The parking restriction above shall not apply to:
[1] 
Metered streets and ways;
[2] 
Portions of public ways where parking is otherwise prohibited;
[3] 
State Street between its intersection with Pine Street and Summit Avenue, as posted; and
[4] 
Cedar Street between its intersection with Main Street and First Street, as posted.
B. 
Snow Clearing Order.
(1) 
During a Snow Clearing Order, it shall be unlawful and in violation of this article for any person to stop, stand or park, or allow to remain, a vehicle in or upon:
(a) 
A public way, as defined in 17-A M.R.S.A. § 505, public square, or on-street public parking area, if such way, square or parking area is in the Downtown Public Management Area as established by § 291-37B.
(b) 
Any off-street parking area within the City of Bangor, except for off-street parking areas or portions thereof designated by the City Manager or his or her designee as allowing parking during Snow Clearing Orders.
(2) 
The Division of Public Works shall issue a Snow Clearing Order whenever the Director of Public Works, in his or her sole discretion, determines that such order is appropriate for safe and orderly plowing and subsequent removal of snow and ice.
(3) 
The Snow Clearing Order shall be issued with as much advance notice to the public as practicable under the circumstances and shall remain in effect until cancelled by the Director of Public Works.
C. 
Snow removal. Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsections A and B above, no person shall stop, stand or park, or allow to remain, a vehicle in or upon any public way, as defined in 17-A M.R.S.A. § 505, public square or on-street or off-street public parking area within the City of Bangor during any hour of the day so as to interfere with or hinder the removal of snow by the City from such way, square or parking area. Any vehicle found to be parked in violation of this subsection may be removed and placed in a suitable parking place in accordance with the procedures described in 29-A M.R.S.A. § 2069.
[Amended 9-25-2017 by Ord. No. 17-325]
D. 
Parking meters - Schedule XII. The City Manager is hereby authorized and directed to cause parking meters to be placed, installed or removed at on-street and off-street public parking locations owned, leased or operated by the City of Bangor or leased by the City to private parking lot operators, said locations and conditions for parking at them being established under Schedule XII.[1]
(1) 
Meter violations. It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article for any person to:
(a) 
Park, or permit to remain parked, a vehicle in a metered parking space when the time signal on the parking meter for such space indicates that the permissible parking time has expired.
(b) 
Park a vehicle in a metered parking zone for a period of time exceeding the maximum time established for parking in said zone.
(c) 
Deface, injure, tamper with, open or willfully break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter installed under the provisions of this article.
(d) 
Deposit or cause to be deposited in any parking meter any device, slug or metallic substance or any substitution for currency of the United States.
(2) 
Prima facie evidence. In accordance with 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3009, the fact that a vehicle is in a metered parking space when the time signal on the parking meter for such space indicates that no parking is permitted without the deposit of a coin or coins shall be prima facie evidence that said vehicle has been parked in said parking space longer than the lawfully permitted period. In addition, the fact that a vehicle is unlawfully parked shall be prima facie evidence of the unlawful parking of such vehicle by the person in whose name such vehicle is registered.
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule XII is on file in the City Clerk's office.
E. 
Closure of parking lots and areas. It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article for any person to stop, stand or park a vehicle or to enter or remain in any City parking lot or area after said parking lot or parking area has been blocked off or closed to public use by the directive of the Chief of Police or his or her designee. Such directive may be issued upon a determination that the persons using said parking lot or area are participating in acts of vandalism or disorderly conduct or otherwise conducting themselves in violation of the law. The Chief or his or her designee shall cause signs and/or barricades sufficient to notify the public of such directive to be located at the entrance to such lots or areas.
F. 
Continuous parking prohibited. Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsections A and A-1 above, it shall be unlawful to park a vehicle on any public way, public parking area or public land for a continuous period exceeding 24 hours.
[Amended 9-27-1993 by Ord. No. 93-409; 3-27-2006 by Ord. No. 06-105]
Any vehicle found in violation of §§ 291-38, 291-42 and 291-43 of this article may be removed and impounded in accordance with the procedures established under § 291-46, Subsections C and D, of this article. In addition, any vehicle found in violation of § 291-43A(1) of this article may be similarly removed and impounded should the violation occur during or within six hours of the end of a snowfall in excess of one inch or during the periods in which the City is actively involved in snowplowing or snow removal operations.
Any person accused of a violation of any portion of this article may voluntarily waive his or her right to appear and defend before any court the charge made against him or her for such illegal parking by paying to the municipality the sum shown in Subsections A through F of this section within 30 days following the date such alleged offense was committed. If the waiver fee is not paid within said 30 days and a hearing has not been scheduled before a court, the waiver fee will automatically double. For purposes of this section, payment will be considered made on the date of the postmark for payment received through the United States Mail.
A. 
The waiver fee for any person accused of a violation relating to illegal occupancy of two parking spaces, parking in an off-street area without a valid permit or violation of odd/even parking shall be $10 if paid within 30 days of the alleged offense and $20 thereafter.
B. 
The waiver fee for any person accused of a violation relating to loading zones, blocking driveways, parking in areas marked "No Parking," night parking, double parking, blocking snow removal, parking with left wheel to curb or any other violation not mentioned in Subsections A through F shall be $20 if paid within 30 days of the alleged offense and $40 thereafter.
C. 
The waiver fee for any person accused of a violation relating to tow-away zones, fire lanes, fire hydrants, crosswalks, sidewalks or esplanades shall be $25 if paid within 30 days of the alleged offense and $50 thereafter.
D. 
The waiver fee for any person accused of a violation relating to disability parking shall be $200 if paid within 30 days of the alleged offense and $400 thereafter. For any second or subsequent violation by the same person within a six-month period, the waiver fee shall be $500. For any person accused of a violation relating to disability parking who rightfully possessed a disability plate or placard at the time of the violation but failed to display said plate or placard, the waiver fee shall instead be $25 if paid within 30 days of the alleged offense and $50 thereafter.
[Amended 9-14-1992 by Ord. No. 94-408; 4-23-2007 by Ord. No. 07-140; 5-24-2010 by Ord. No. 10-179]
E. 
The waiver fee for any person accused of a violation relating to overtime parking, parking at an expired meter and overtime parking at an expired meter shall be $15 if paid within 30 days of the alleged offense and $30 thereafter.
[Amended 6-9-2003 by Ord. No. 03-167, effective 7-1-2003; 5-27-2009 by Ord. No. 09-153; 5-24-2010 by Ord. No. 10-179]
F. 
The waiver fee for any person accused of a violation relating to illegal parking in violation of § 291-40G shall be $10 if paid within 30 days of the alleged offense and $20 thereafter.
[Amended 12-9-1996 by Ord. No. 97-27; 9-14-1998 by Ord. No. 98-339]
G. 
In addition to the penalty provided above, the City of Bangor Police Chief, or his or her designee, may revoke the residential parking permit of any person who violated any regulation prescribed by City of Bangor Council orders pursuant to § 291-40G.
[Amended 12-9-1996 by Ord. No. 97-27]
H. 
Penalty. If the waiver fee is not paid and the parking ticket is contested in court, the fine, upon conviction, shall be as follows for each violation:
(1) 
An amount equal to that waiver fee if the request for a court hearing is received by the City within 30 days of the date of the alleged violation; or
(2) 
An amount that is double the waiver fee if the request for a court hearing is received by the City more than 30 days from the date of the alleged violation or in a civil action initiated by the City more than 30 days from the date of the alleged violation.
A. 
Purpose. This section is enacted as an enforcement procedure for promotion and protection of the public peace, safety and welfare and the safeguarding of property and shall be used generally for the prevention and removal of traffic hazards, prevention and abatement of public nuisances arising from traffic infractions and for the protection of the public rights in the use of City streets, thoroughfares, parking areas, parking lots and public ways.
(1) 
Notice. Written notice shall be mailed to the owner of any vehicle which has accumulated three or more outstanding notices of violation of any parking ordinance or regulation therein prior to immobilization or impoundment of such vehicle as provided in Subsection B. The notice shall inform said owner of the vehicle of the nature and number of outstanding violations, that such vehicle may be immobilized in place or impounded and that said owner will be provided an opportunity to contest the validity of the proposed immobilization or impoundment upon written request to the Chief of Police within 10 days of receipt of the notice described in this subsection.
[Amended 9-14-1998 by Ord. No. 98-339]
(2) 
Hearing. Any owner who requests an opportunity to contest the validity of proposed immobilization or impoundment of his or her vehicle shall be provided an administrative hearing upon written request to the Chief of Police. Such hearing shall be scheduled as soon as practicable before a hearing officer, who shall be solely responsible for hearing and deciding all contests provided herein. Enforcement of the provisions of Subsection B shall be stayed pending the decision of the hearing officer. The purpose of this subsection is to provide an opportunity to contest the validity of a proposed immobilization or impoundment and not to contest the merits of parking violations.
(3) 
Hearing officer. The Chief of Police shall designate a hearing officer from time to time as may be needed. No City employee may serve as a hearing officer for the purposes of this article.
B. 
Applicability. Any vehicle which has accumulated three or more notices of violation of any parking ordinance or regulation therein of the ordinances of the City of Bangor for which there has been neither payment of waiver fees nor issuance of court process and which is then parked upon the public way or in a public parking lot at any time may, at the option of any City of Bangor Police Officer or other City employee authorized to enforce said parking ordinance or regulation, be immobilized in place or may be removed and stored until all waiver fees established pursuant to this article for all of such outstanding notices of violations, and also the impoundment, storage and other charges authorized under this article, have been paid. If impoundment by immobilization is utilized, a charge for such impoundment of $25 shall be charged and paid prior to such release.
C. 
Procedure. As soon as a vehicle has been removed and stored or immobilized in place under this ordinance, the Police Officer or other municipal employee taking such action shall so notify the Police Department dispatcher. Such information shall be recorded by the dispatcher for the Chief of Police, the Finance Director, or his or her authorized representatives. In addition, the Chief of Police shall notify by registered mail the registered owner of such vehicle within five business days of the impoundment or immobilization thereof. Said notice shall state the location of such vehicle and the requirements for release as set forth in this ordinance.
D. 
Release of vehicles. Any person having custody of a motor vehicle impounded pursuant to this article or of the means to release such immobilized vehicle shall not release it until the individual requesting its release presents satisfactory evidence of his or her right to possession and receipt therefor. In addition, said vehicle shall not be released until the Finance Director, the Chief of Police or their duly authorized representatives certify that all waiver fees and all other charges provided for in this article have been paid, including all costs of impoundment, towing, notices and storage, or until the Finance Director or his or her duly authorized representatives shall have certified the posting of a bond equal to the total outstanding waiver fees which should have been remitted for said overdue notices of violation and other charges as set forth in this subsection.
E. 
Bond. Whenever any person requests the right to post bond pursuant to this article, such bond shall be given in cash and receipt given therefor. Such bond money shall be refunded in the amount of the waiver fee for each alleged violation of this article upon acceptance by such person of service of process initiating a court proceeding to determine his or her alleged liability for the described penalty or such alleged violation. Any bond shall be forfeited unless the person posting it requests and accepts service of such process from the Chief of Police or his or her designated representative within 30 days of posting, unless prevented from doing so by actions or inactions of the City of Bangor.
F. 
Violations. It shall be a violation of this article for any person to tamper with or attempt to remove any immobilizing device attached to a vehicle or to extract or attempt to prevent the removal of any vehicle as provided herein. The penalty for any such violation shall be not less than $50 nor more than $1,000.