Sometimes you just can’t win.


Sometimes, the better you are at your job, the less people seem to like you.




Sometimes you just can’t win.

Sometimes, the better you are at your job, the less people seem to like you.

If this is true, Honesdale’s two new meter readers must not be very popular, because they are doing their jobs very well.

$11,680.02 came into Borough coffers in May thanks to parking enforcement, which is more than $3,000 more than during the same month in 2010.

In May, 419 total parking tickets were issued in the Borough. 41 were later voided, but tickets still accounted for $1,725.25 of that $11, 680, with the remainder coming from the coins in meters.

In contrast, April saw $5,350.88 come in before the two meter readers came on duty, $760 of which was from fines; the rest from parking fees.

So, not only are meter readers reminding people that Honesdale has parking meters through the issuance of tickets, but more people are actually feeding the meters to avoid them.

“There has been a positive response so far,” Said Honesdale Police Chief Joe LoBasso.“They’re doing a good job at keeping people moving. They are enforcing the two hour limit, and people aren’t abusing the parking spots on Main Street as much. They’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Councilman Bob Jennings agreed, saying the council has gotten a lot of positive feedback from businesses in town about how parking has been since the new meter readers came on duty.

“It’s been excellent.” Jennings said simply, but was also quick to point out the professionalism of the two women chosen to fill the part-time posts, Alice Warnock of Lake Ariel and Lindsay Wentz from Honesdale.

“It’s working out very well, and it’s great to see the extra revenue for the Borough, but they’re doing more out there than just making money. Whether it’s giving directions or whatever else, they are also a good PR (public relations) team.”

Jennings said rather than focusing simply on enforcement, he has instructed the new readers to go about their jobs fairly.

“I’ve made it clear that I don’t want them just hanging around waiting for a meter to go red, but to be fair with people. It’s not just about making money for the Borough. It’s about fair enforcement.”