At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the members voted to contract with an outside company to respond to parking complaints and administer citations, hoping to relieve the responsibility from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
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With Tuesday’s vote, the company, which has more than 200 clients nationwide, is set to manage the administration of the citations as well.
According to City Manager Ken Pulskamp, the issue was brought forward by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department, which has previously responded to the parking complaints, spending 900 hours on the task last year.
The move will not only allow police to handle other duties, but increase the overall response to complaints.
The SCV Sheriff’s Station currently devotes 40 hours per week to parking complaints. By contracting with Data Ticket, the number will increase to 140.
“It’s just something you don’t need a sworn deputy to do,” said Pulskamp at Tuesday’s meeting.
Data Ticket will subcontract with a company named Securetec, and it is Securetec’s team of patrollers that will respond to complaints and administer citations.
According to Assistant to the City Manager Tina Haddad and Administrative Analyst Patrick Bryant, the Securetec employees will respond to complaints as they come down the pike, rather than patrolling City streets looking for violations.
The City would not profit from the switch in any way, Bryant said.
According to the staff report, approximately $425,000 in parking citations is expected to be generated next year, with approximately $300,000 allotted for the Data Ticket contract and $125,000 remitted to the state.