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Parking meter arrangement questioned

July 13, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - William Edwards of East Salisbury Street on Monday questioned the town's parking meter arrangement.

He wondered why he had a meter in front of his house when that isn't the case in other parts of town.

Council members said that houses such as his around commercial areas have parking meters near them.

Edwards also questioned why the town council decided to seek more money from parking meter fines.

Councilman James C. Kalbfleisch clarified that the council didn't raise the amount of fines. Rather, it eliminated a prompt-payment discount. Parking meter fines had been reduced from $5 to $2 if they were paid within a day.

When Edwards asked why the town has parking meters, Kalbfleisch said they prevent out-of-state residents from using Williamsport's streets as a park-and-ride - parking there, then carpooling to work.

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Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones said a committee was considering a plan that could let residents buy permits instead of having to feed parking meters.

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