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Borough Council Passes Holiday Parking Program

by on October 15, 2012 10:07 PM

Holiday shoppers visiting State College will have one less thing to worry about this year.

On Monday night, the State College Borough Council passed its 2012 Holiday Parking Program, which would allow downtown businesses to validate customer parking in the borough's garages. These cards would give customers three hours of parking free of charge and can be used any time from Nov. 25 until Jan. 1, 2013.

Parking manager Charley DeBow explained how the validation policies have changed for this season. In previous years, customers were offered free parking in all the downtown garages from 6-10 p.m. This new three hour validation policy will replace those free parking hours this year. DeBow said that this means the borough is contributing a "significantly less" amount to the downtown parking validation program.

Last year, an issue arose when the free parking was offered only when most shops had already closed. An improvement to this year's plan will be the introduction of the validation cards, which are handed out by retailers, and will be validated during the week when downtown stores are actually open.

"This is going directly to the shoppers we targeted with this program," DeBow said.

Council also briefly discussed and unanimously approved a handbill ordinance amendment, which will put rules in place regarding advertising, campaigning and various flyers throughout the borough. Council member Thomas Daubert was concerned for those with lost pets getting violations for putting up such flyers.

"I really don't think we should give tickets for things like this in the borough of State College," Daubert said.

Borough Manager Thomas Fountaine said that while it's "extremely difficult to begin to itemize each of those circumstances," staff has used their "best judgment" previously in similar cases and haven't written tickets for those kinds of situations.

Council started the meeting with a moment of silence in memory of late Pa. senator Arlen Specter, who passed away on Sunday after battling cancer. Many members of council worked with Specter in the past, including Mayor Elizabeth Goreham.

"He was a very good friend to State College, no matter what political affiliation he was," Goreham said.

Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a student at Penn State and an intern for covering local news and events.
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