Reading Parking Authority lobbies to paint parking spaces on city’s endless streets
May 19 – The creation of lined parking spots on city streets could add up to four spots in a city block, said Reading Parking Authority chairman Timothy J. Profit.
Discussion of a proposed amendment to the city’s parking ordinance that would allow the power to paint lines on streets without meters took place at a meeting on Monday, which was attended by some council members in person and others via Zoom.
“We could take two spaces, per side, per block,” Profit said. “I think it’s imperative that we have the ability to line the streets.”
Executive director Nathan Matz said the authority was unable to paint lines without permission from the city.
“We don’t own the streets,” he said.
Matz joined the current meeting after attending a previous city council meeting, in which the topic was also raised and council members voiced concerns.
Matz told council he was receiving numerous complaints about people occupying more than one parking space and parking in the middle of two spaces. The solution, he told the council, is to paint lines or stalls on the street. The spaces could range from 18 feet to 24 feet wide, he said.
Daniel Laws, a member of the authority, is not so convinced that the parking lines would solve the problem.
“It won’t make any difference,” Laws said. “As soon as a person parks outside the lines, it will force other cars to park outside the lines. Who do we have tickets to? ”
“The answer will be ‘all’,” said Bart Ganster, the authorities’ chief enforcement officer.
The time it takes to paint the spaces is a downside, Laws said.
“It will take us seven years to draw three streets,” he said.
Despite Laws’ concerns, other members of the authority have expressed support for the plan.
Matz said he will work with the authority lawyer and the city lawyer to refine the language of the order to address the council’s concerns.
The issues of double parking and parked cars blocking intersections were also raised during the meeting.
Ganster said his team are tackling both of these issues.
During the pandemic, law enforcement at blocked intersections had become lax, he said, but as safety restrictions are lifted violators will be punished.
“I told my people to start on this,” he said. “We will be on this every day.”
In the remaining cases, the RPA approved the purchase of vacant land at 524 Spruce Street for $ 10,000.
The land will be converted for parking as part of the authority’s Citywide Parking Relief program, or CPR.
The idea of the program is to provide parking options for residents of neighborhoods struggling with inadequate spaces, Profit said.
“At the beginning of this year, I told you how important it is for me to find relief for our citizens,” he said. “We’re getting there very quickly. Thank you all for understanding the vision and how important it is to authority.”
The authority also approved a change order in the amount of $ 55,710 for the repair of the parking fence at Chiarelli Plaza.