Cheyenne Collects $5K in Unpaid Parking Tickets During Amnesty Period
Cheyenne collected $5,290 of the more than $200,000 owed in unpaid parking tickets during its February amnesty period, the city announced Wednesday.
Public Information Officer Michael Skinner says 158 tickets were paid in full and 12 were placed into a payment plan.
"The 170 tickets saved members of the public a total of $5,100 with late fees removed during the amnesty period," Skinner said in a press release.
But the city is done playing nice. From here on out, a $30 late fee will be applied to all tickets that are not paid within 15 days of issuance, and flagrant parking violators will be "Barnacled."
"Rather than a traditional car boot on a vehicle’s wheel, the Barnacle device is placed on a vehicle’s windshield," said Skinner. "The Barnacle incorporates technology, allowing a violator to remove the device using a smart phone once a fine has been paid."
Skinner says this is what you need to do if you have been Barnacled:
- Visit the website listed on the device (pay.barnacleparking.com). You can also call the phone number listed on the Barnacle.
- On the website, click on “I’ve Been Barnacled.”
- The Barnacle has a device number on it. Enter that number when prompted on the website.
- Enter your mobile phone number.
- You will receive a text message with a one-time verification code.
- Enter the three-digit verification code when prompted on the website.
- Enter your credit card payment information.
- In addition to paying the $250 Barnacle service fee, there is a $200 refundable deposit.
- After paying the service fee and deposit amount, you will receive a text message with a four-digit release code.
- Enter the release code into the keypad on the Barnacle to release it. (It may take up to 30 seconds to release).
- Return the Barnacle to a drop-off box at the Jack R. Spiker Parking Structure (307 W. 17th St.) or the George Cox Parking Structure (498 W. 20th St.) at any time. If returned within 24 hours of payment, the $200 deposit will be refunded.
"If a vehicle owner is unable to use a cell phone to unlock the Barnacle device, they may do so by visiting the Public Safety Center (415 W. 18th St.) during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.," said Skinner.
Skinner says paid parking tickets are deposited into the city’s general fund to help pay for bonds at the George Cox and Jack R. Spiker parking structures.
"These structures were built to alleviate crowded street parking and provide better accommodations for downtown businesses and visitors," he said. "Free two-hour parking is available at both parking structures, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m."