Though the re-installation of parking meters in West York was a return to the once norm, there will be a change in how they are enforced.
During the council meeting Monday, council members said metered parking will only be enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
That means motorists won't have to spare a dime or two to park along a portion of West Market Street on the weekends or during holidays, said councilwoman Shelley Metzler.
The move came after five residents raised concerns about metered parking.
"I think (parking enforcement) after 5 (p.m.) and all day Saturday is anti-business," said David Holtzapple, who leases property in the borough for his business.
The motion, proposed by Metzler, to amend the meter enforcement ordinance passed unanimously.
"I think that's a pretty fair compromise," she said.
Save your change: But the schedule change isn't immediate. A vote to adopt the amended ordinance won't happen until at least August, said Brian Wilson, the council president.
Between now and then, the parking meter rules won't be enforced, meaning drivers don't have to slug the meters, which were re-installed in June.
The 149 meters are along a roughly four-block stretch of West Market Street from the borough line with York City to Seward Street. Metered parking brought in about $28,000 in 2012 through money from the meters, parking tickets and parking permits.
In September, the council narrowly voted to remove the meters. But a new council seated in January reversed that decision.
Permits: Council members discussed altering who can receive parking permits and how many can be assigned to each residence or business. Permit holders can park at metered spots in lieu of a yearly flat fee instead of paying at the meters.
However, the council instead opted to stick with the existing ordinance: Anyone, including non-residents, can buy a permit for $75 a year.
"It doesn't specify anything other than permits are available for $75," said Kathy Altland, the borough manager, said of the ordinance.
Resident Jeanette Leister said that even with a permit, there's no guarantee she can park in spot near her apartment in the 1000 block of West Market Street. She said she often had to park on a side street because the metered spaces are taken.
"I feel like I'm wasting my money," she said.
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