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Parking won't be changed around the borough park

Published September 27. 2013 05:00PM

Parking around the perimeter of Palmerton's borough park will remain as is.

After a months-long debate over the issue, Borough Council, on a 5-0 vote Thursday, agreed to leave the parking situation around the park unchanged. Councilmen Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard were absent.

Last month, council agreed to advertise two ordinances related to parking along the park; one, which would have allowed for parking around the entire perimeter of the park, and the other, which would have allowed parking only from Delaware Avenue to Franklin Avenue.

Councilman Richard Nothstein said he doesn't believe the current parking situation should be altered.

Councilwoman Holly Sell reiterated her stance that a parking alteration would potentially add to the congestion problem that exists at a nearby elementary school.

Councilman Kris Hoffner noted that the matter can always be revisited in the future should the need arise.

"I think we need to constantly be monitoring the parking," Hoffner said. "Things seem to be working out."

Council President Terry Costenbader was a bit more blunt in his approach.

"I can't see that we have a problem," Costenbader said. "I can't see fixing it if it isn't broke."

Council's vote figures to lay to rest discussion on the matter, which began in June when council said it might consider an alteration to an ordinance that would allow for 24-hour parking around the perimeter of the park.

Borough Mayor Chris Olivia stated at that time that there were five residents from the Palmer House along Delaware Avenue who have vehicles, but nowhere to park them because the facility only has so much space.

Olivia then recommended at that time for council to consider a change to a borough ordinance that would allow people to park their vehicles on the east side of the park, from Delaware Avenue to Franklin Avenue, where 19 parking spaces are available.

At present, parking is restricted there from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Olivia previously said that if the borough were to open up those parking spots, the seniors wouldn't have to move their vehicles, and could keep them parked there.

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