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Carbon sets up new parking fees

Carbon County Commissioners have set the parking fees that will take effect when new kiosks are installed in downtown Jim Thorpe later this year.

The fees are outlined in an ordinance commissioners unanimously voted to advertise Thursday.

Motorists parking the county lot near the train station will see a $2 increase for all day parking both on weekdays and weekends putting those rates at $8 and $12 respectively.

Commissioner Chris Lukasevich said the change was to bring the rates for the lot in line with the $1 per hour fee at previously metered spots.

“County office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday thus the consistency between the daily fee of $8 and the hourly rate of $.50 for 30 minutes at the previously metered spots,” Lukasevich said.

Similarly on the weekend, enforcement hours for the previously metered spots are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., which equated to $12 for that period.

The kiosk activation date has yet to be set, but the county is targeting November.

“We have some minor details to still work out,” Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said. “We didn’t want to make the transition during the fall foliage season. I think the transition will be a little easier after that period.”

The county purchased the 15 kiosks for the lot and metered areas on Lehigh Avenue and Susquehanna Street from Butts Ticket Company in Cochranville in August 2019.

The total cost of the purchase was $175,550 and was taken out of the parking fund, which is generated by parking fees in the lot.

In July, the board also purchased three CitePro hand held enforcement devices from United Public Safety of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania at a cost of $ $22,383.64 for the first year and $11,483.64 in years two and three. These devices will be used to read license plates and issue parking tickets.

The newly proposed fine schedule is $15 for a violation paid within 48 hours, $25 after 48 hours, and $50 plus costs after 10 days. A current meter violation is $10.

Non-kiosk violations will be $20 if paid within 48 hours, $30 after 48 hours, $50 plus costs after 10 days. Current fees are $10 for overtime parking, improper parking, unauthorized parking and parking in a restricted area.