New mayor, parking authority talk working relationships, budget

The Williamsport Parking Authority received a visit from Mayor Derek Slaughter on Wednesday night and the meet-and-greet went over some relationships established between the authority and city.

First, though, when asked about nine days at City Hall, Slaughter told the authority board how his first order of business was to get finances streamlined and his staffing solidified.

Slaughter also told the Sun-Gazette in a brief interview that he would be working on filling appointments and reappointments to authorities, such as parking and water and sanitary.

Slaughter told the board he was having audits done, working to improve technology and creating a workable telephone list.

Dr. Anthony Cipolla, authority chairman, discussed a draft of a management agreement that must be approved between the authority and city.

The proposed agreement has been reviewed by Austin White, assistant solicitor. It also was suggested by Cipolla that either party (city, authority) be given a 30-day opt-out.

“You may want us more autonomous or not,” Cipolla said to the mayor. The authority and city have had a relationship of “symbiosis,” Cipolla said. He explained an example of this closeness as the authority providing about $50,000 a year worth of parking for police department personnel and River Valley Transit employees.

The authority has two parking garages and numerous surface lots. It has been a relationship with the authority and city of “we do some things for you, you do for us,” Cipolla said.

The authority is not there for profit, Cipolla said. Rather, he said, it is there to provide a service of parking for workers, shopping customers, employees and visitors in the most economical way as possible.

Todd Wright, of the authority, went over the budget figures for the year so far. The authority has about $304,000 in its adjusted balance this year. The authority budget ranges each year from about $1 million to $1.1 million.