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Resident asks questions on parking shortfall

February 16, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - Resident Jennifer Whetzel grilled Williamsport Town Council members on Monday about a recently released report on the town's parking program.

The report indicates that the town lost money on its parking program last year.

Whetzel asked council members, one by one, how long each has served on the council and if he or she had ever seen a parking report before.

All of the council members who responded said they hadn't seen a report on the parking program before this one.

The report, released last month, showed that the town took in about $35,000 from the program last year and spent about $39,000, for a net loss of about $4,000.

Whetzel asked why the parking program wasn't making a profit.

"That's not what it's meant to do," Mayor John W. Slayman replied.

Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said meters were installed several years ago because business owners were upset that people took up prime parking spaces all day.

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The meters force motorists to move their vehicles every few hours, Errico said.

"This is a service to the town," she said.

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