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Bloomsburg Council Reconsiders Parking Enforcement Change

On Monday, February 8th, Bloomsburg Town Council did not approve changes to parking meter enforcement times. The majority of Council members agreed to let a newly-formed sub-committee on parking discuss management issues and make recommendations. Members of the business community were on hand to restate their concerns and thanked Council for listening.

Prior to two votes on the issue, Council heard several statements opposing the changes, including one developed by the Chamber and co-signed by 51 business people, who are listed below. The first vote to adopt the changes as advertised did not pass with a 3-3 vote. A member of Council was absent. A motion was then made to re-advertise the ordinance, which included a number of changes to parking enforcement, but without the changes to enforcement times. That vote passed 4-2.

Prior to that meeting, the Town’s Community and Economic Development Committee agreed to create a parking sub-committee involving community stakeholders. The Chamber and Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. have been invited to participate. “We look forward to working with the Town and other stakeholders to develop long-term strategies for parking management in Bloomsburg,” said Fred Gaffney, Chamber President.

Thanks to the members of Town Council for listing to the concerns of the business community, as well as those business people that signed on to the joint statement to express their concerns:

Fred Gaffney
President, Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce
CEO, Columbia Montour Partnership for Community Development
 Ashok Patel
Owner, Bloom Tobacco
Ready Go Burrito
YoChoice Frozen Yogurt
David “Otto” Kurecian
Executive Director, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau
COO, Columbia-Montour Partnership for Community Development
 Deanna R. Pealer
Owner, Deanna R. Pealer, Attorney-at-Law
Property owner, 128-130 West Main Street
Robert Stoudt
Board President, Columbia-Montour Partnership for Community Development
 Dennis R. Peters, P.E.,
President, Peters Consultants, Inc.
President, Criterium Peters Engineers, Inc.
Sherry Aungst
Owner/Operator, Sherry’s Hair Co.
 Kirk Pfaff
Assistant Manager
Ready Go Burrito
 Sara Baker
Co-Convener, Artspace Gallery
 Paul Reichert
Caldwell Consistory
 Michael Barletta
Owner, Infinity Vapes
 Joseph Reilly
Owner, President and General Manager, Columbia Broadcasting Company
Co-owner, 124 East Main St.
 Michelle Beaver
Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels
 Nancy Reilly
Owner, VP and Treasurer, Columbia Broadcasting Company.
Co-owner, 124 East Main St.
 Hans W. Bottesch II, DC
Owner, Bloomsburg Spine & Sport
 Mary Jo Skjoldal
Owner, Family Balance Acupuncture
 Bruce Bowman
Owner, Sneidman’s Jewelry Store
 Jared Snyder
General Manager, Ready Go Burrito
 Leane Coladonato
Owner, The HeadQuarters
 David L. Soltz, Ph.D.
President, Bloomsburg University
 Vince DeMelfi
Owner, Susquehanna Realty
Landlord, 102 West Main Street
Board Chair
 Harry Strausser, III
President, Remit Corporation
 Peggy Dildine
Owner, Peggy’s Massage
Allure Hair & Body
 John Thomas
President, Columbia County Historical &
Genealogical Society
Oren B. Helbok
Executive Director, The Exchange
Frans Verstraeten
Owner, Dutch Wheelman
Angela Dawn Hess
Administrative Director, Box of Light
Tim Wagner
Owner, Wagner’s Trophies & Engravables
Sarah Walzer
Toby Diltz
Owners, The Blind Pig Kitchen
Kim Angelo Keck
Owner, Exclusively You
Jon White-Spunner
Managing Director, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Lydia Kegler
Director, Bloomsburg Public Library
Linda L. Woodward, SRA
Owner, Lynwood Real Estate Appraisal Co.
Jeff Lylo
Owner, J. Lylo Jewelers
Mike Zarrett
Owner, Towne Camera
Property owner, 152-154 West Main Street &
160 West Main Street
Kayla McCready, LMT
Owner, Healing Through Touch Massage Therapy
Matt Zoppetti
Sunset Holding, LLC
Susan McGarry, RA, LEED AP
Owner, ArchCentral Architects, Inc.
Nick McGaw
Owner, Endless Records
Catherine McLaughlin
Catherine McLaughlin, MEd, Licensed Psychologist
Douglas Michael
Owner, Bakers’ Guild Café
Quincey Morton-Swartz
Kirsten Swartz-Morton
Owners, Wanderlust Café
Rose Neiderhiser
Owner, Lil Kids Stuff
Jim Nemeth
Human Resources Director, Autoneum North America
Marc Nespoli
Owner, Xtreme Row
Pat O’Connell
Owner, The Law Office of Patrick O’Connell
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