Illegal loading area parking a problem in city business district

KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette A van with a parking ticket on the window sits in a no-parking zone in front of the Old Corner restaurant on Court Street with a Miller Lite delivery truck parked behind it.

The loading and unloading signs in the city Central Business District are going to be reviewed because of numerous violators, city officials said.

The Williamsport Parking Authority listened to perspectives from enforcement officers who see individuals parking in unauthorized zones, causing delivery trucks to impede and obstruct traffic.

The authority solicitor Scott Williams said he’d review the city ordinance and see if it were possible to put a recommendation before City Council to have signage changed similar to — “Truck loading and unloading only.”

Abuse of this law has increased three- to four-fold recently, officials said.

The signs make it impossible to enforce because if an officer approaches the driver he or she can simply say they are dropping off an envelope or delivering a package and move along.

If a change is warranted, it has to be changed on the traffic control map and approved by council, said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director.

In another issue, enforcement officers are dealing with the “homemade parking placard.” Officers also see people parked in metered spaces, with passengers in the car, which is technically a violation if the meter has run out of time.

The authority is in the negotiation stage to purchase a building at 270 W. Third St. for its headquarters.

The law office is behind the city Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority.