Dana Grubb is a lifelong resident of the City of Bethlehem who worked 27 years for the City of Bethlehem in the department of community and economic development, as sealer of weights and measures, housing rehabilitation finance specialist, grants administrator, acting director of community and economic development and deputy director of community development.
Gadfly: Comment by area residents on social media sites was unfavorable overall, regarding the meter increase. It was certainly unfavorable at the public meeting held to accept comment. My sense is that when the new meter rate actually takes place is when there will be another public outcry, but will anyone want to do something? The public in general will grudgingly accept what has been shoved down their throats once again, which I sometimes believe public officials count on.
City Council might be able to reverse all or some of the increase if they’re willing to raise parking meter fines beyond the recommended $15.00. We wait to see how that goes.
One has to wonder how many of these public officials actually pay these rates themselves, or do they get a free parking pass, good for wherever they choose to park?