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Permit parking considered for Aspinwall business owners

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Aspinwall officials will consider whether business owners should be able to apply for permit parking in the borough.

Sam Sieber, owner of Tavern in the Wall on Commercial Avenue, said he'd like business owners to be allowed to have permit parking, similar to what is available for residents. Businesses pay taxes just as residents do, and they bring consumers to the borough, he said.

“I'm not asking for (permits for) every one of my employees, but one would be nice,” Sieber said.

Sieber said space is limited for deliveries, and having permits would be convenient for himself and others. There would be room during the day in some areas where residents with permits park, while those people are at work, he said.

“If they have one or two permits, during the day when most of us are doing business, one of those people are going to be gone,” Sieber said.

Officials said they would discuss possibilities for business parking.

Parking also has been a topic of discussion at meetings of Allegheny Together, a county-run economic development program that Aspinwall joined last year.

“It's definitely come up,” Council President Mark Ellermeyer said.

Sieber said he could return to council next month for an update on his request. Borough manager Melissa Lang said a committee will look at options.

“We'll get a small committee together to talk about alternatives,” Lang said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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