By Peter Becker

Managing Editor

HAWLEY - Your parking meter woes could be over at least for a month with a contest approved by Hawley Council, May 8th.

How about having a card that would be signed each time you make a purchase downtown, and redeeming it for a chance for free parking meters for a month? Details are being worked, but the idea is that an individual would need to make three purchases, at three locations.

The card would then be brought back to Borough Hall. Each month, a card would be picked at random to select the winner of free parking privileges.

Andrea Racht, Meter Enforcement Officer, presented the idea to Borough Council that evening. She promoted it as picking the "Customer of the Month" to encourage shopping and have fun in the meantime. The winner each month could be pictured in The News Eagle.

She and Administrative Assistant Eva Warner are developing the contest. More information will be announced shortly.

Free meters at 5 p.m.

Council approved not enforcing use of metered parking spaces starting at 5 p.m. in downtown Hawley for the summer. Enforcement of meters will between 5 and 6 p.m. will be lifted.

Councilwoman Mary Sanders related that the Police Committee advised relaxing the meter requirement as a means to help local restaurants, while the bridge project is going on.

Local barber Ron Finan, who has pushed for lifting use of meters after 5 p.m., suggested that instead of putting stickers on the meters notifying the public of the change, tickets should just not be issued after 5. He said people may not mind putting a coin in the meter but are upset when they get a ticket. It may also be harder to reverse the ruling later if the change is posted.

Enforcement was lifted starting immediately, through Labor Day.