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Ordinance would create metered parking zones in Brentwood

| Thursday, June 5, 2014, 2:42 p.m.

Drivers looking to park at a metered space on Brownsville Road soon could be limited to two hours in a given area or face a fine.

A proposed ordinance in Brentwood would only allow drivers to park in a borough-created metered zone for two consecutive hours in an effort to ensure spaces are open for people wishing to shop at local businesses.

“The whole theory behind this is to move the flow of traffic so that customers have a place to park,” borough Manager George Zboyovsky said. “This is to promote the businesses and to make it easier for people to shop local.”

Brentwood Council last week in a unanimous vote agreed to advertise an ordinance that would put a two-hour limit on parking in five metered zones between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The time limit would be enforced by the borough's three parking enforcement officials, Zboyovsky said.

Councilman Pat Carnevale questioned how the time limit would be enforced.

One option would be to mark the tires of vehicles with chalk, another would be to write down all the license plates of the cars, council members said.

“It's going to be a system of trial and error,” council President Marty Vickless said. “It's not creating the wheel.”

Brentwood is not the first municipality to have such a rule, Vickless said.

The five metered parking zones include three on Brownsville Road: from Sankey to Francis, from Hillson to Hillman and from Towne Square Way to Dewalt. Other zones include Dewalt Avenue between Brownsville and Lawnview and Meadowbrook Boulevard between Brownsville and Dalewood.

Vehicles parked in a zone during the specified times for longer than two hours, according to the proposed ordinance, could be issued a parking violation for $10 if paid within 48 hours. The fine then goes up to $15 if paid within 15 days.

The fee for parking at a meter in Brentwood is 25 cents per half-hour.

Council members in recent months have said that employees from local businesses at times park at the meters all day, tying up the spaces for people who want to shop.

“Employees need a place to park also,” Zboyovsky said. “That's the whole Catch-22 here.”

Council members are talking with business leaders to review ideas, Zboyovsky said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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