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W-B Installs Eight New Metered Parking Spaces Near Public Square

December 6, 2018
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W-B Installs Eight New Metered Parking Spaces Near Public Square

WILKES-BARRE — Finding a parking space near Public Square has gotten a little easier.

The city installed eight metered parking spaces along the north side of East Market Street in the block between Public Square and Washington Street last week.

“Parking is pretty tough within city limits. To put up the extra meters, it’s an asset for people who come downtown,” said Tom Unvarsky, parking enforcement supervisor.

Prior to the meter installation, parking on the north side of the block was prohibited.

The city traffic committee made the decision to install meters there about a year ago, but they couldn’t be installed earlier because the bits used to drill holes for the meters were broken. New bits were ordered, and a work order for the meter installation was submitted after the city received the new drill bits, Unvarsky said.

Ann Marie Bossard, of the Anthracite Newstand, located across the street from the new metered spaces, said she thinks the additional parking spaces are “wonderful. Between us and Geisinger, customers are always looking for spaces.”

However, Bossard said she thinks the $2-per-hour rate imposed this past January is too high. She believes the previous $1-per-hour rate was fair to those using the meters, “and the city still made a profit.”

Joe Cappiello, a delivery driver for Golden Palace Chinese restaurant at the other end of the block, said the additional meters “helps us a little bit.”

The spaces on the south side of the street allow five-minute parking, and he usually spends less time than that parked between delivery orders. “But there’s never a parking space until after 4 p.m.,” when the Charles Adams Active Adult Center next to Anthracite closes, Cappiello said.

Toni Mathis, director of the senior center, said the spaces were needed for parking, but the meters are not welcome.

“Either way, (the seniors) have to pay. It’s ridiculous for them to pay $2 an hour (for parking) when the (center’s daily lunch) meal is a $2 donation,” Mathis said.

Deborah Calaide, 61, of Wilkes-Barre, said finding parking when visiting the senior center is only a problem “once in a while.”

Margaret Yavorchak. 68, of the Hanover section of Nanticoke, agreed, but said but the “meters are so expensive, it’s ridiculous. We’re losing members.”

Phyllis Kemp, 66, of Wilkes-Barre, said she thinks the city should erect signs allowing free parking in the metered spaces between noon and 3 p.m. for senior center patrons.

Mathis thinks the city should allow five hours of free parking for seniors — from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — for days on which the center offers a program before lunch.

Contact the writer:

smocarsky@citizensvoice.com,

570-821-2110, @MocarskyCV

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