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Allentown considers extending metered parking hours

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 03 2014 09:05:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2014 06:50:36 AM CDT

Allentown leaders are considering giving the green light to changes in the way city workers deal with parking.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Allentown leaders are considering giving the green light to changes in the way city workers deal with parking.

Right now, folks without a permit have to feed parking meters between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A change in an ordinance proposed this week would require drivers to pay through 9 p.m.

"That's not a good idea," shared Samir Desai. "Not for Allentown."

In fact, 69 News didn't speak with a single person in favor of the proposed change.

"Over the long term, it doesn't sound like a lot of money, but you do that six days, five days a week by a year, that's a pretty nice little portion of money coming out of my children's mouth," said Charles Gay.

"As they continue to rebuild and continue to bring more stores, more people are going to come down, so we don't want to discourage them, we want to bring them into the city," Alejandro Hernandez added.

Fines for parking broken down or illegally registered vehicles may also go up, and not every ticket could be placed on your windshield if the ordinance goes through.

The way you feed the meter may also change.

Credit cards and smart phones could join coins as a means of payment.

"A lot of people don't carry cash these days," said Desai, "so it's more of convenience."

Parking Authority officials weren't able to go on camera, but say they're trying to protect people who live near the arena so the parking near their homes won't be clogged.

The City Council's Public Works Committee will discuss the proposed ordinance change next week.