Parking authority approves purchase of land

The Williamsport Parking Authority approved the purchase of a downtown property during its regular meeting Wednesday.

The parcel at 270 W. Third St., owned by Tony Nardi, includes a building and space for about a dozen parking spots.

Authority Chairman Anthony Cipolla said plans are to eventually use the building for offices.

The purchase price was $275,000.

“It’s a good location for us,” Cipolla said.

The authority approved a $1.2 million spending plan for next year.

The budget, reflecting a slight increase in operating expenses from the 2017 plan, includes 3 percent wage hikes for employees.

Cipolla noted that meter rates are remaining the same.

Authority members briefly discussed the possibility of using portions of proceeds from paid parking at the James V. Library lot for library funding.

Also discussed were enforcement issues surrounding loading zones in the city.

It was pointed out that trucks with loads are sometimes exceeding the parking time limits for those spots.

In other situations, motorists commit violations by parking their cars in the loading zones.

The authority approved the River Valley Transit Management agreement for 2018.

It was agreed to have the accounting firm of Baker Tilly do the 2017 audit.