Four Evangelists Orthodox Church, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America (“Four Evangelists”) encourages its guests, parishioners, council members, clergy and volunteers to use the parking lot located behind the sanctuary structure at any and all times necessary to attend church services, participate in church activities and conduct church business. At the same time, Four Evangelists cannot tolerate unlawful parking in its parking lot, which by definition is any parking that does not fall within the ambit of the preceding sentence. Therefore, Four Evangelists shall post one or more signs, consistent with applicable law, designating the parking lot as private property and indicating that enforcement actions may be taken against unlawful parking.
Furthermore, Four Evangelists will follow these procedures in the event of any unlawful parking in the parking lot:
- Parishioners shall be instructed to report any suspected unlawful parking to a member of the council.
- Any council member who becomes aware of any unlawful parking, whether by a parishioner or on his or her own accord, shall notify the other members of the council by email.
- Prior to any enforcement action against the unlawful parking, at least two council members shall take and store a digital photograph of the vehicle at issue, to include an image of the parked vehicle, license plate state and number, the back of the church or other identifiable landmark, and the date and time the photograph was taken. Council members shall forward photographs by email to the Council President. If necessary, Council members should be prepared to testify in court to authenticate their photographs from personal knowledge and describe the circumstances in which the photographs were taken.
- Upon receipt of two or more photographs showing an unlawful parking, and consultation with the Council members who took photographs, the Council President shall be authorized to initiate an enforcement action to address the unlawful use.
- The Council President may, in his or her sole discretion, take one or more, or any combination of, the following actions:
• Contact a licensed towing company with whom Four Evangelists has contracted for the lawful removal of the vehicle at issue from the church property to an impound lot.
• Contact the Bel Air Police Department and request that a citation be issued (and/or other action be taken, within the Department’s authority) against the vehicle at issue.
- Council members, including the President, may modify or accelerate these procedures as circumstances warrant, such as any unlawful parking which interferes or threatens to disrupt church services, church activities or church business and/or causes an imminent threat to the health, safety and/or well-being of church property, church guests, parishioners, council members, clergy and volunteers or their authorized vehicles.