Residents will no longer be charged for parking permits
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Residents living in the vicinity of the WVU Potomac State College campus will no longer have to pay for a permit to park near their homes.
The Keyser City Council voted Aug. 12 to amend the residential parking ordinance which has been in place for approximately seven years as a means of ensuring a parking spot for those residents living around the campus. The ordinance designates the streets as residential parking only after 4 p.m. and until 7 a.m. the next day.
The ordinance was originally passed at the request of the residents who said Potomac State students were parking their vehicles on the streets all week long, leaving the residents no where to park.
In order for the residents to be able to park, however, the ordinance required them to obtain a parking permit from the city at a cost of $10 for the first permit and $5 for each one after that.
During the Aug. 12 meeting, council member Jim Hannas said he always felt the residents should not have to pay to park at their own homes.
“I think we could give the residents the parking for free, and mainly what needs done is enforcement,” he said. Council member Billy Meek agreed. “The person I talked to said she didn’t mind paying; it’s the enforcement (she was concerned about.)”
Hannas also pointed out that the ordinance stated that the curbs in the residential parking areas would be painted blue, but the city had painted them green.
Since that meeting, city crews have been repainting the curbs to the specified color.
David Harman, who had been one of the residents asking for relief with the parking situation seven years ago, told the council he didn’t mind paying a fee.
“We’re tickled to death to pay $20 a year to have a parking spot,” he said. “Before, there was no place for us to park.”
Hannas said, however, that the fee was initially implemented to help cover the cost of the signage and the stickers to be placed on the vehicles. The signs are in place now, however, and the cost of the stickers is minimal.
“It’s $200 for 150 permits,” he said.
“Our job is to look out after our citizens,” mayor Damon Tillman said. “Any chance we have to save our citizens some money … that’s what we’re going to do.”
Hannas then made the motion to amend the ordinance to include no charge for the permits, and William Zacot seconded it. The motion carried 5-0.