Letters to the Editor 2-18-11

BELLEVUE METER INCREASES?

Editor:

I was surprised to read in last week's "Citizen" that Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner wants to double the borough's hourly parking meter rate from 25 cents to 50 per hour. I agree with council member Jane Braunlich that this increase will definitely have a negative impact on the borough's struggling business climate.

If the chief and council wish to increase Bellevue's meter fees as part of a "revenue generation action plan," I suggest that Bellevue should recalibrate its parking meters like those in Avalon Borough where you have the option of parking for 5, 10 or 25 cents within one hour at various minute intervals.

As a frequent "in-and-out the door shopper" in both Bellevue and Avalon, I do not like paying 25 cents for a full hour when I only need 5 to 10 minutes, if that, to conduct my Bellevue shopping at various shops along Lincoln Avenue. I would think that repetitive meter usage at 10 cents for 15 minutes would enable Bellevue to generate more income versus a possible, if not probable, decrease with an increased meter fee of 100 per cent.

If Bellevue wants to make a lot of money dishing out fines, especially for illegal parking, they should enter an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service to monitor the Bellevue postal lot Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and ticket and tow away all illegally park cars whose respective owners are either leisurely eating lunch... or are conducting business at local shops while those postal patrons who cannot find a parking place are forced to park at the municipal lot across the street at 25 cents (and soon to be 50 cents) per hour, meters that should be used by those drivers/eaters who are too cheap to pay!

Paul A. Fronczek
Avalon