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Quakertown Business Owners Concerned about New Parking Meter System
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent

            During the Quakertown Borough Council meeting, local business owner Dave Davies represented local business owners with their concerns about the change from traditional parking meters to ParkMobile.

            Davies, who owns a business at 237 West Broad St., said 128 signatures have been gathered opposing the new parking system. Business owners are concerned that they will lose clients because they will not use the app.

            "The app will not work for everyone," said Davies.

            Council President Donald Rosenberger responded, "But they don't understand it yet."

            "I can meet with all that are concerned … there are solutions for all their concerns," offered Borough Manager Scott McElree

            Vice President L. James Roberts stated that he understands the worry business owners harbor in regard to the parking meter change. "I have the Friendly Bookstore. I have the same concerns … there's sensitivity to the situation," he said.

            In other news, the council voted and approved a $500 contribution requested by the Quakertown Historical Society for the Fries Rebellion film, a production of the Lower Macungie Historical Society. The film showcases McCoole's Red Lion Inn as the starting point of the film. The historic landmark plays an important role in the story of Fries Rebellion.

            Wayne Codner, mayor of Richlandtown, attended the meeting to discuss upcoming events in the community. He began by thanking the borough for its support.

            The Outreach 23 event was a success because of borough support. The event raised $10,000 for charity. After costs, $5,000 was donated and a full truck of food was donated to the local food pantry.

            Mayor Codner requested the same support for another upcoming event. On November 4th, Run With The Big Dogs will take place. It's a parade and run through Richlandtown by the United States Marine Corps. All military are invited to participate. Residents can join the run or line the parade route. The borough will post information on its website and public media platforms.

            Another event supporting veterans will be held on November 18th. David Direnzo, of the Sons of the American Legion, said the organization is hosting an educational seminar for veterans.

            The borough will help publicize the event by posting to their social media platforms and website. 






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