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Irwin Council discusses free parking on Main

| Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Irwin council is discussing how to clearly define the intended two-hour free-parking zone on Main Street.

“(We) need to define the specifics of how we want people to park on Main Street,” Council President John Cassandro said after a council meeting Wednesday. “We need to put it on a firm ordinance.”

Officials have noticed people parking more than two hours on Main Street, he said.

“The spirit of the temporary ordinance … is two-hour parking on Main Street for the day,” Cassandro said.

The parking issue is a part of the borough's 90-day traffic study, borough Manager Mary Benko said. The results of that study will likely be discussed at the May council meeting.

Council members will continue to talk about the topic and did not take formal action Wednesday authorizing the borough's attorney to write an ordinance.

Cassandro said he expects council to work on the issue over the next several months.

Part of the confusion is how exactly ticketing will work – two hours per day or per location, Cassandro said. He also questioned whether a certain amount of time has to pass before a person can rack up a second ticket.

“We have to spell that out,” Cassandro said. “There's plenty of parking in Irwin.”

As of now, he said, ticketing is enforced for two hours per day on Main Street.

He pointed out that long-term parking and monthly passes are available in the borough.

Main Street used to have parking meters, but those were removed years ago.

Business owners lauded the removal of the meters, Cassandro said.

“We try to accommodate residents and customers,” public works Director Jim Halfhill said.

In other business:

• Council agreed to buy a computer tower for the police department and agreed to repair the force's 1995 unmarked Chevy police car. Repairs to the police car will be done in-house and will cost about $1,775, Cassandro said. The repairs are expected to hold over the department until next year, when a new car will be considered, Cassandro said.

• Norwin School District will be allowed to hold its Homecoming Parade in downtown Irwin on Oct. 12, council voted Wednesday.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or rskena@tribweb.com.

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