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February 19, 2014

Mahoning Township makes permit parking modification easier

DANVILLE — MAHONING TWP. — The supervisor board has made it easier to change parking permit spaces throughout the township to better reflect needs of residents.

The decision, made at their Feb. 10 meeting, allows the supervisors to change the spaces which require permits by resolution rather than forcing them to advertise an entirely new ordinance.

“We can make adjustments much easier” with the new resolution, said board chairwoman Christine DeLong.

Kim Wilt, of the Mahoning Township Police, said the parking permit spaces are located near Geisinger Medical Center, along Bloom Street, Pleasant Street and Drexel Avenue.

The permits are meant to reserve parking spaces for residents who do not have off-street parking. Too often in the past, residents would find their parking spots taken by Geisinger employees, Wilt said.

The location and number of permit parking spaces change depending on where township residents are currently living. If a resident moves out of a house or if somebody who requires a handicap parking spot moves in, the parking areas are updated to reflect this, Wilt said.

The permits, which are distributed by the police for free to residents, get renewed every year when residents register for them. The police department tries to give the closest parking site it can to the residence requesting the permit.

Within the last year, the placement of the permit parking spaces was streamlined. “They had not been adjusted in several years,” Wilt said.

People could buy extra permits from the police department, but there are now currently no leftovers to go around, Wilt said.

If a non-permitted car is found to be parked in a spot, they are issued a $20 ticket. The tickets are most frequently given along Pleasant Street, where Geisinger employees sometimes park in permit-required spaces.

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