COLUMBIA PA 17512 NEWS
Maybe it will soon be like the old days, a bar and a little store on every corner.
I doubt it... Columbia loves to make it hard for any small business to survive. Firstly with their unreasonably high property taxes, and secondly with their meter police ready to fine potential customers any chance they can. I used to patronize Taco To Go with a large order every week and the meter people wouldn't let me park there for two mins to go inside and pick up my order without putting money in the meter. I haven't gone back for over a year. How welcoming is that??? With the bad reputation Columbia has, they should have the lowest property taxes in the county to bring business in and turn the town around.
Its a business district, what do you expect? So you "used to" place a "large order" every week, but couldn't pay the $.50.....interesting? My guess is that if Columbia would get rid of the meters, as you request, you would then say "i used to....large order...but now can't park because the renters have all the parking occupied"
THEY MADE AROUND $11,000 on parking meter money last year.
So what??? The meters are there for a reason. Plug the meter and do your business. I isn't that big of a deal!
I bet they pay more that $11,000 for the "meter enforcement officers". Nobody is saying they should remove the meters. But the predatory enforcement is a not the way to encourage visitors. Someone comes to go to one of the breweries or antique stores and gets a parking ticket - what are the chances they will return?
I would have hoped they make $1,000,000! The more revenue in the better for all of us. Not too mention deterring the idiots that try and circumvent the law. Along with paying for meters, I really wish the cops would start enforcing double parking in town....particularly lower Walnut St. Or expand that responsibility to the meter maids.
maybe they should have a valadtion system with shop owners
I do agree that the enforcement officers should not be stalking the meters like a paid assassin!! LOL!!!
You could always just walk to your destination downtown.....
Or just drive to some place out of town.
What do you expect when the mayor parks 5 to 6 feet from a cross walk every day in front of the borough/police station ,law states 20 feet. LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Don't forget the beautiful churches!
I can't understand why people can't simply put a quarter in a meter and be done with it. The alternative is to remove the meters and let people park in front of the businesses all day not allowing customers any parking access. Another alternative is to remove the meters at businesses and post signs indicating a time limit for the parking, such as 15 or 30 minutes with the signs indicating the times the restriction is in effect.
This is what should happen,let the parking enforcement handle the timed spots.
Something is wrong when there aren't a few unmetered spots to park and pay the water bills.
If you remove the meters, then maybe taxes can go up alittle more so you can complain more??
Don't read it ,its a free world. Maybe not in Columbia, just joking.
remove the meters and there's NOWHERE to park...why????? because the hundreds and hundreds of downtown rental properties have NO parking at their rental properties.
how about home owners with 2 or 3 cars?
wHAT WOOD HAPPEN IF THE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF RENTAL PROPERTIES JUST WENT AWAY,CAN YOU SAY A SLUM/GHOST TOWN,THESE PEOPLE BRING MONEY IN TO THIS TOWN,WAY MORE THAN TRAIL WALKERS AND RIVER PARK VISITORS,AND LOOK AT THE MONEY THE BOROUGH THROWS AT THEM, AND NOW A FREE TROLLEY TO TRY TO HAUL THEM UP INTO TOWN TO SPEND MONEY AT THE TAX PAYERS EXPENCE.
This article is about a new business coming to town. Can't we leave it at that, be thankful and welcome them?Geez.....you people are ridiculously sad!And before you come at me, I'm not: the mayor, a council person, an employee, a business owner, or spouse of any of the aforementioned....just a resident.
geez we can all ways count on you for a comment, when you think about it (a bar) on locust street,maybe it will need parking unless everyone rides there scooters.