The once much-debated parking meters in West York should be back up by this summer

Members of the police and highway departments recently completed training to certify the meters, Police Chief Justin Seibel said during a meeting Monday night.

The state once handled that task, but a 2012 law gave that responsibility to municipalities. The training didn't cost the borough any money.

Borough officials are waiting to receive documents from the state.

"Once that's done, then they can be reinstalled," the chief said.

The 149 meters were located on West Market Street from the borough line with York City to Seward Street.

Brian Wilson, council president, said he expects the meters will be back up by June.

In September, the council narrowly approved removing the meters. In January, the council reversed that decision.

Metered parking brought in about $28,000 in 2012 through money from the meters, parking tickets and parking permits issued to residents so they could park at metered spaces in front of their homes.

New fire truck: Also during the meeting, the council unanimously agreed to contribute $15,000 a year for three years for a new fire truck.

The 2010 ladder truck comes used from the Hepburn Township (Lycoming County) Volunteer Fire Co. and has 8,000 miles on it, said Ed Washington, borough fire chief.

With a price tag of $515,000, the rig will save the borough money compared to buying a new one that could cost upwards of $1 million, he said.


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The financial commitment by the borough will come from a fund created in 1997 to buy the department's then-new ladder truck. The fund has a little more than $50,000, which comes from a portion of the borough's millage rate, Wilson said.

Instead of getting rid of the current ladder truck, the department intends to sell its 1991 engine, which is showing its age, Washington said.

The current ladder truck will be relegated to a reserve piece, he said, adding both ladder trucks carry water and can pump from hydrants.

"The benefit to the residents is that there would always be a ladder truck in West York," he said.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.