BELLEFONTE — In February, Bellefonte Borough Council introduced that the borough’s parking meters could be altering.
Within the coming months, meters could be monitored from eight a.m. to eight p.m., Monday by way of Saturday. Meters would additionally take cash and bank cards. However that change has been placed on maintain.
Why? Properly, you may thank the coronavirus.
Finally week’s council assembly, borough supervisor Ralph Stewart introduced that the parking meter heads wouldn’t be arriving anytime quickly as a result of they’re being shipped from China.
“There’s a delay in one of many components from our vendor,” Stewart defined. “Some components are coming from China and as a result of pandemic (they gained’t be). They had been coming from a significant market.”
The meter heads had been anticipated to be put in later this month, however that has been placed on maintain indefinitely.
“It was initially later this month, starting of April, however now I don’t know. We’ll attempt to get an replace,” Stewart stated.
The increasing hours had been to offset among the prices concerned with the upgrades being finished to the meters and space parking heaps, Stewart stated. The brand new meters — once they arrive — will take bank cards, which is one other further expense.
Through the assembly, council member Doug Johnson voiced displeasure over the speed hike.
“I perceive the idea, however we’re attempting to maintain companies on the town and open,” Johnson stated of the speed enhance.
In accordance with Stewart, the borough can be attempting to fight the issue of individuals parking on the road round 5 p.m. and leaving their automobiles there till the subsequent morning. This may liberate some parking spots for these desirous to eat or store in downtown Bellefonte.
“Some days, there’s actually no place to park from 5 to eight (p.m.),” Stewart stated.
When council voted on the metered parking change from eight a.m. to eight p.m., council members Gina Thompson, president Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Deborah Cleeton, R. Michael Prendergast, Jon Eaton and vp Randy Brachbill voted sure. Council’s Melissa Hombosky voted towards the change, whereas Anne Walker and Johnson had been absent.
” I wasn’t right here for the vote, however I’ve gotten extra cellphone calls and emails about this. There’s a variety of discuss on the market and it’s disappointment with the brand new hours,” Johnson stated.
Mayor Tom Wilson agreed.
“I’ll second that. I acquired a lot of feedback and complaints about it,” Wilson stated. “Though I didn’t vote, I wasn’t in favor of it. The issue is, that on the weekends and particularly on Friday after 5 p.m., there are tons of individuals coming to city for the eating places. We simply get parked up. So what we’re doing is we’re penalizing the people who find themselves coming right here to spend cash within the eating places by charging them.”
Stewart stated that council may re-visit the change down the street. For now, although, it’s on maintain till the brand new meter heads arrive. There are silver meters all through downtown, that are two-hour meters. There are additionally some crimson meters on the perimeter, that are 10 hours.
Parking all through downtown Bellefonte stays free on Sundays.