By Francis Scarcella
For The Daily Item
If you think you won’t be ticketed because Sunbury has been without a meter maid for the past few weeks, think again.
City police are out in full force, issuing parking tickets until the city can hire a meter reader, Sunbury Police Chief Steve Mazzeo said.
“The police department wanted people to know that just because we don’t have a meter reader yet we are still ticketing,.” Mazzeo said.
Sunbury Mayor David Persing agreed with the chief.
“I told him there is no free parking,” Persing said.
“We hope to hire a meter reader at Monday’s city council meeting, but until then, the Sunbury police will be out issuing tickets.”
Sunbury has nearly 1,000 meters and had collected about $70,000 in 2012, down from the $76,000 the city collected in 2011.
In 2010, the city collected $78,000, which included $4,000 in December — the month the city usually offers free parking. That’s because Sunbury did not bag meters in 2010, so some motorists continued to feed them. In 2011 and 2012 the city bagged the meters.
The city sells yearly permits, which allow motorists to park anywhere there is a meter, without inserting coins.
They sell for $300. This year, the city sold 30.
The city has been without a meter reader for the past month after the previous reader resigned.
Persing and council accepted applications and are now set to hire the part-time position.