There's just something about parking issues West York officials can't seem to resist.
Former Mayor Sam Firestone once successfully fought a ticket he received for allegedly leaving a vehicle parked in the same spot for more than 72 hours. As a result, the police chief had street signs installed advising of the ordinance prohibiting such long-term parking — signs the mayor then ordered removed.
And parking meters? Don't even get them started.
The meters on West Market Street were up one day, removed another, then reinstalled later.
Metered parking and the roughly $28,000 it generates for the borough were the subjects of many a heated council meeting last year.
"Anti-meter" members were ousted in the November election, and the new council unanimously agreed to reinstall the devices.
Now some members of this council have a new parking bone to pick, this time with the local elementary schools' PTO.
Council President Brian Wilson recently suggested the borough retract a five-year agreement approved last year that allows the PTO to park cars at the borough's Shelly Park during the York Fair for 2014-18.
If that were to happen, the organization could lose its biggest fundraiser – one it has been doing for decades — at a time the financially strapped West York School District is cutting teachers and programs.
The PTO usually takes in between $10,000 and $13,000, of which it gives $1,000 or 15 percent — whichever is greater — to the borough.
The organization's share goes toward activities such as book fairs and assemblies for students. The PTO also has agreed to pay $18,000 to $22,000 for field trips over the course of five years after the district cut the excursions.
So why does Wilson now want to shut the PTO out?
Seems it has something to do with the school district's plan to soon close Loucks Elementary — the only remaining school in the half-square-mile borough.
"It is my opinion we keep the money here in the borough," Wilson said this week, adding he'd like to see the borough take over the fundraiser to restart its parks and recreation program.
Sorry, but this sounds a lot like sour grapes to us: The district closed Wilson's school, so now he wants to punish the district.
Unfortunately, such a spiteful move also would punish West York residents whose children — like it or not — will continue to attend district schools outside of the borough.
A parks and recreation program is fine.
But why not ask borough parents what they value more kickball or quality education?