Last updated: July 08. 2014 11:19PM - 948 Views
By B. Garret Rogan Times Leader Correspondent

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KINGSTON — Council on Monday once again heard the concerns of Koren and Bob Booth, the owners of K and B Auto, during its regular council meeting.

The council members were scheduled to vote on whether to restrict parking in the area of the Mercer Avenue business in response to residential complaints that K and B Auto was conducting business on the street.

The ordinance would establish residential-only parking on Mercer Avenue, Bennett and Walnut streets and punish on-street car repair-related activities with citations.

The Booths, however, contend the overly vague rule would harm their business. They also said the action seems aimed at appeasing Mercer Avenue resident John Macko, who they contend is the only one to actually complain.

They also said they have addressed parking concerns.

After the June council meeting, at which the council voted to advertise Monday’s ordinance, Municipal Manager Paul Keating estimated that three residents, of the roughly five homes on the block in question, have complained about parking in the area as it relates to K and B Auto.

He also said that, despite the business needs, it was illegal to “conduct business on a municipal throughway.”

The Booths’ attorney, Eric Mahler, spoke out against the ordinance and promised to appeal in the event that it passed.

The borough council voted to table the meeting until further discussions can be held during the July 21 council work session. A vote could however take place on that evening if the council deems it necessary to hold a special meeting after the work session.

In other matters, the council unanimously voted to allow the borough of Pringle to connect its storm sewer drainage system to Kingston’s in the Division Street area between the two municipalities.

The construction to allow the connection will be completely funded by Pringle, and Kingston will not charge any fee to Pringle for the system sharing.

The next council meeting is a public work session on July 21 at 7 p.m.

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