Pottsville Adjusts Snow Emergency Plans

POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s snow season… And for many cities, the hilly, tight roads make plowing the snow tricky, especially when cars are parked on the street. 
One local community now has a further complication in their snow plan. Eyewitness News reporter Haley Bianco looks into why changes need to be made. 
The Mahantango Parking Center has been one of the main parking places during snowstorms in Pottsville. But in October the structure was closed because it was falling apart. That means city leaders had to find alternate places for vehicles to park. 
They’ve designated the 84 Lumber Parking Lot and the west side of South Centre Street for those who used to park in the garage on snow days. City administrator, Thomas Palamar, tells us they’ll be used when a snow emergency is issued .
“We certainly don’t want bad weather, ice, snow piles, to become a problem. That’s really why we call it,” said Palamar. 
The off-street parking is critical because snow emergencies also mean parking bans so plows can get through.
“The streets are tight to begin with but when we have a lot of snow, it really restricts fire apparatus, EMS, police… they have a hard time getting up there,” said Tom Whitaker, with the Pottsville Street Department. 
Residents can find out where to park by checking their neighborhood parking placements online. 
City officials encourage all residents to sign up for Schuylkill Alert or download the free app. The system sends out text messages with the most up-to-date emergency information about your city and county. 
“This is one additional way that people can get that information about snow emergencies, parking bans, when they start, when they end, and when they can move their cars back,” said Palamar. 
As for the Mahantongo Parking Garage, it will be demolished in spring 2017. Another parking lot will be constructed in its place. 

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