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Virus continues to knock at Parking Authority coffers

Williamsport Parking Authority has been without income generated by ticket enforcement and parking deck use for two months now due to the COVID-19 mandate by the state to reduce the spread of the deadly virus, said David Kish, authority operations manager.

The authority met Wednesday to go over renewal of its insurance carrier, but the pressing issue for the authority is the need for a revenue recovery plan, he said.

The two parking decks in the city, Church Street and Third Street, are not collecting with gates not operating, he said.

A part-time employee was furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic mandate, he said. The individual is on temporary furlough at this time, he said.

No other staff have been furloughed but there are shift changes being done during the emergency declaration which has been in effect for the authority since March 10.

Gov. Tom Wolf then declared non-essential businesses to be on lock-down March 15.

The plan is to review what other cities of comparable size with parking authorities are going to do, Kish said.

“We’re keeping an eye out for everybody else,” Kish said.

Motorists and pedestrians may see an authority parking enforcement officer out walking, but he is not handing out tickets, he said.

The restrictions will remain in place until the next meeting, which is scheduled with authority members, Dr. Anthony Cipolla, chairman; Marc Schefsky, and Jared Kinley, at 5 p.m. June 17.

The authority has an annual budget of about $1.1 million. It is not known until a financial assessment is done how much loss was experienced.

Cipolla said the authority is using this time to evaluate its modem system for use of credit cards by July 1. He said that the authority also planned to have the surface lot that is used by the Farmer’s Market on Saturday repaved.

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