PLAINS TWP. — Township commissioners passed two measures regarding municipal parking during Thursday night’s regular meeting.
Plains police will have a greater ability to regulate parking in the area of Westminster Street and Jumper Road. The wooded section of the township beyond the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Institute has long been a popular party spot, but residents have complained that the conditions are worsening year by year.
At the July commissioners meeting, several residents addressed the board to report finding syringes and even soiled diapers in addition to the bottles, cans and cigarette packs that have become commonplace.
While police still face challenges in apprehending trespassers in the vast area, it is hoped that parking citations and possible towing could deter future illegal gatherings.
Plains will also install no-parking signs along portions of Hudson Road. Parking in the neighborhood becomes problematic during Saturday and Sunday mass held at Ss. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church.
Plains officials will seek to alleviate traffic and residential concerns while remaining sensitive to the needs of the church and businesses in the area.
In other matters, Plains officials paid their respects to long-time resident and recreation board member Louis Cardoni, who passed away on Aug. 4 at the age of 86. In addition to serving on the recreation board for over 35, Cardoni owned businesses and headed multiple organizations within the township.
The next meeting of the commissioners will be at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.