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Overnight parking returns to Waynesboro downtown

April 16, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Parking along Main Street is going back to what it was before the Waynesboro Council passed a no parking ordinance for snow emergencies late last year.

Under pressure from residents and business owners along Main Street and some side streets who opposed the new ordinance, the Council voted 5 to 1 Wednesday night in favor of amending the ordinance to allow parking downtown overnight. However, no downtown parking will be allowed on Mondays and Fridays between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. for street sweeping.

The ordinance passed late last year prohibited parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. every day, all year, as part of the borough's snow emergency plan.

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The snow emergency plan is still in effect as part of the amended ordinance, which states all vehicles must be removed in the event of a snow storm or they will be towed.

Councilman Vicki Huff, who cast the dissenting vote, said she would like to look into the issue further and discuss other parking options with Waynesboro merchants, residents and the Chamber of Commerce.

"I understand your problems and concerns," Huff said to the audience. "But I want to do more research first. It's not because I'm not sympathetic to your situation. I voted against it simply because I want to look into it a little more."

The vote followed a half hour discussion among Council members and some residents who have had problems finding parking spaces ever since the new ordinance went into effect.

Residents along Main Street complained it was difficult to find parking spaces and when they did, they were too far away from their homes.

The no parking zone also affected residents on the side streets whose parking spaces were taken by Main Street residents and downtown business patrons. Business owners who opened earlier than the 6 a.m. ban said their customers went elsewhere.

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