Business owners ask county to review parking lot price
Two Carbon County business owners are hoping that Carbon County will reconsider its parking lot fee.
During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, Dan Hugos and Thomas Lux approached the board, again asking that the commissioners lower the weekend county parking lot fee from $10 back to $5.
Lux, who owns the Mauch Chunk 5 & 10, pointed out that there has been "eight straight months of double digit decreases" in the county lot since the fee was implemented in February.
"In September, we're down 800 cars," Lux said. "I don't think the parking policy is fair to Carbon County residents or the residents of Jim Thorpe. It's causing traffic congestion and I think the commissioners need to reconsider the proposal to lower the rate on non-festival and nonholiday weekends."
Hugos, who was there on behalf of the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency, read a letter that he presented to the board.
The letter echoed Lux's comment on lowering the rate.
Hugos asked that the county keep the $5 weekday charge that has been instituted; keep the $10 charge on festival and holiday weekends; and roll back the fee to $5 on the remainder of weekends when no major activities are planned.
The commissioners provided no comment to the pair's requests.
He also invited the board to attend the agency's meetings to see what it has to offer.
Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, pointed out that there was a piece of correspondence received thanking the county for only having a $10 parking fee. He added that the board receives a lot of comments regarding the issue.
He then said that he would not attend the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency meetings unless it was guaranteed that they would not discuss the parking fee.
"I am willing to work with you on any other issues," Nothstein said.
He thanked the agency for everything it does, but added that some things volunteers do irritate the county. Specifically when they were decorating the Josiah White Park, which the county maintains, for the fall season, volunteers placed hay bales, pallets and pumpkins on top of plants that the county planted.
Hugos asked that Nothstein make a list of complaints and they would be happy to address them.
The issue about the increase in the parking fee has been festering over the last few months.
On a number of occasions business owners have approached the board asking for a decrease in the fee because they said the increase was hurting business and tourists were not visiting like other years.
In other matters, the county acted on the following items:
• Reappointed Dwight Eisenhauer of Lehighton to the Airport Authority. The term is for five years.
• Adopted a resolution honoring Anthony Stianchie of Summit Hill on his Eagle Scout award. Stianchie, who is a Boy Scout with Troop 744 of Nesquehoning, completed the construction of a paved garden area around an existing statue in a historical cemetery on the grounds of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Summit Hill.
The project helped bring awareness and pay tribute to the site, which contains 16 Civil War veterans and three Molly Maguires.
• Adopted a resolution acknowledging the 65th anniversary of the Jim Thorpe Lions Club.
The club began in 1948 as the Bear Mountain Lions Club and became the Jim Thorpe Lions Club in 1956.