Tyrone to try out parking plan

Row of spaces in municipal lot will be set aside for businesses

TYRONE — Borough Council this week finally committed to a plan bandied about a few months ago, making spaces in the municipal lot next to the borough building available for rent.

In a compromise following a long discussion, council voted to make one of the middle rows — 12 spaces — available for the next three months at a cost of $60 per space, with a limit of two spaces per business, as a trial.

It would have been better to have set aside two rows to accommodate businesses that want guaranteed parking, and it would have been better to make the change permanent, as those with reservations aren’t going to want to give them up if the trial is deemed unsuccessful, according to Council­man Dave Snyder.

On the contrary, it would have been better to keep both rows open, to avoid putting a “chokehold” on nearby businesses, including an ice cream store, a day care center, a small games store, a tattoo parlor and an insurance office, code officer Marvin Frazell said.

“You cripple how many businesses to please one or two?” Frazell asked.

It would have been better to award the reservations to businesses that currently have none, given that one business has 30 reserved spaces in the borough, Councilman Terry Richardson said.

The borough shouldn’t hinder the potential for that business with lots of spaces to grow further, said Councilman Thad Graham.

Such favoritism isn’t permitted anyway, although setting a limit of two spaces for each is OK, said solicitor Dan Stants.

Limiting reservations to business hours would have satisfied the businesses that want guaranteed spots, while allowing others that operate in the evenings to make use of the spaces, Snyder said, in an effort to compromise with Frazell.

But limiting reservations to business hours would require new parking stickers with different rules than the current ones, complicating his work too much, Frazell said.

“I like consistency,” Frazell said.

“It’s just one variable,” Snyder said. “It’s really not a big deal.”

Moreover, those entitled to park during business hours aren’t necessarily going to leave at 5 p.m., Frazell said.

Councilman Charlie Mills opposed the change altogether.

“We don’t need to give up any parking spaces,” he said. “There’s just no room.”

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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