READING, Pa. – Studying Metropolis Council voted Monday evening to undertake an ordinance to restrict the hours of parking meter enforcement after public outcry over extreme enforcement throughout leisure occasions on the Santander Area & Performing Arts Heart.
The choice limits enforcement to Monday by means of Friday, from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m.
When the ordinance was launched two weeks in the past, the plan was to fully exempt Saturdays from parking meter enforcement.
Councilmembers, nevertheless, stated there have been some considerations about having Saturday completely free from enforcement.
Councilwoman Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz stated no enforcement on Saturdays may damage downtown companies.
“When Saturday parking is free, residents will park their automobiles Friday evening and depart it them there ’til Monday,” Cepeda-Freytiz stated.
“It saves effort and time for residents as a result of they’re getting a break at some point per week, which is a superb factor,” she stated. “However then it could possibly damage companies as a result of then they do not have parking for his or her prospects. How about we meet residents midway with a win-win blissful medium?”
Councilwoman Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz stated the brand new enforcement instances are good for town, however extra must be completed.
“OK, this can be a good motion in the proper path,” she stated. “I simply really feel we have to proceed to take a look at an total parking plan that addresses the challenges confronted by residents who’re residing in the identical neighborhoods the place companies are (positioned). I help this, however I need to have a look at a longer-term plan.”
In different enterprise, council launched two ordinances additionally associated to parking. One requires the elimination or parking meters within the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of North Ninth Avenue. The opposite proposes to require parking in designated parking areas inside stall strains.