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Council Slashes Parking Rates on West Marshall Street

Council reconsidered the current $1.50-an-hour rate after residents and business owners complained of the unreasonably high cost.

According to The Times Herald, Norristown Municipal Council voted Tuesday night to cut the $1.50-an-hour parking rate along the West Marshall Street business corridor to 75 cents an hour. Many business owners had suggested a 50 cents-an-hour rate.

Residents and business owners had been lobbying council for reduced rates since the meters were installed in February of this year. 

“We will lose $37,400 in revenue by cutting the fee by half,” Finance Director Richard Zawisza told the Herald. “It is a very large concession to give up half of our fees. Our budget deficit this year is $364,807.”

Councilman Marlon Millner reportedly pointed out that the lower parking fee could lead to more revenue from increased traffic on West Marshall Street.

Complaints about the increased parking ticket costs (now $28), overly-aggressive parking enforcement and poor signage and parking times at nearby Poley Park were also made by West Enders in previous months. The Poley Park issue was adressed at Tuesday's meeting.

Council discussed the possibility of increasing the two-hour limit at for public parking at Poley Park to four hours, but many council members voiced support for keeping the two-hour limit.

“We should allow this meter parking change to play out," said Council President Gary Simpson, according to the Herald. "We are not putting this cost onto residents. It needs to stay at two hours.”

Read more about council's parking discussion here.

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Francine Graglia May 02, 2012 at 11:14 AM
What new "law" will council come up with in order to make up the difference in a deficit that their incompetency created in the first place. I'm sure it will be something that we investors will be burdened with, being that we have such "deep pockets".
Feodor Tiorlenko May 02, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Piantone Towers There was a day not so long ago when Paul Santangelo rode heard over Norristown Borough Council and tried to keep Norristown an Italian villa much like its sister city Montella, Italy. Business opportunity after business opportunity was eschewed and chased from the borough driving the municipality into the ground. After Paul left, the borough had to sell off its assets including the old borough hall and the sewer plant just to keep its head above water and has been left with nothing but problems. Well Paul Piantone learned from the foot of Paul Santangelo in leading West Norriton Township into the abyss. The township that fancies itself among the best in the country is an embarassment to itself and its neighbors. Never in modern times has ignorance been better exemplified than by the township who wouldn't even grant a hearing to the YMCA to consider building a state-of-the-art recreation facility on the same ground where another recreation facility has existed for over a half century. The arguments against, led by Herr Piantone, are as caveman-ish and ignorant as can be expressed. People walking across yards, people breaking into houses, and people urinating on others lawns. It would actually take a brain to come up with something different. Well Paul, and residents of W.N.T., welcome the high rise Section 8 Towers. We're shaking your dust off our feet for your ignorance.
Steve May 02, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The reality is that the lower parking rates are because the owners and employees of places along the street don't like paying the higher rates. It had nothing to do with the customers that shop the area. As a long time resident I see it everyday......folks walking out of their shops to feed the meters. Council got snookered.....
Where's Deet? May 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I'm sure my son Eddie will be able to make up for the possible deficit without breaking a sweat, perhaps if we just order him a few more pairs of boots......
JMGAMBONE May 03, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Feodor Tiorlenko - GET OVER IT ALREADY. A 100,000 Square foot building, with a parking lot for 550 cars, that operates from 5 AM till 10 PM Daily does not belong in the middle of a residential sub-division. The ground is zoned residential. It has the potential to provide revenue for the Township. Any NON-PROFIT that grossed 31 MILLION IN REVENUE IN 2009 (this is public information) does not have the right to ruin the quality of life for over 500 hundred tax paying residents. LET PAUL SANTANGELO RIP. Trash Girl

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