Kittanning Borough will be hiring soon for a new part-time meter attendant.
Former Meter Attendant Amanda King officially resigned her position last month after about a year on the job.
At Monday’s Borough Council meeting, Police Chief Bruce Mathews said the timetable for hire will be solidified after meeting with the Personnel Committee members.
“What I’m hoping to do is to be ready to run the ad next week and accept applications next week, with the close date hopefully on Friday the 15th,” Chief Mathews said. “And depending on the Personnel Committee and their schedules, set up interviews for the week of the 18th.”
Chief Mathews originally hoped interns from Lenape Technical School in Manor Township or students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania could fill the position, but the idea fell through. He hopes to have a recommendation to council members by the June 1 regular council meeting.
Chief Mathews said a qualified meter attendant would be personable, available from 9AM-4PM Monday through Friday for a varied work schedule, in general good health for the walking route and able to work in stressful situations – such as with angry motorists
Shifts usually last between four and six hours for both the department’s flexibility and the future hire’s.
“We’re asking somebody to be available 40 hours but only work 20, so if they have things come up, we can be accommodating, too,” Chief Mathews said. “We can be reasonable and work with them, keep them as happy as we can.”
Since King’s resignation, officers have attempted to police parking at the nearly-600 parking meters to encourage compliance and allow for a continuous flow for businesses. That effort will continue until the next hire, Chief Mathews said.
“They haven’t been successful at a full pass through town, but we’ve started at different areas and have been successful in getting out,” Chief Mathews said.
Throughout the ongoing borough revitalization project, meters will be repaired or replaced as time and funding is available.
Street employee Dave Cox will order new mechanical parts and will begin the upgrade on a street-by-street basis.
In December, council members voted to make all meters quarter-operated rather than allow parking for a nickel or a dime
A quarter will allow Market Street customers a half-hour of parking, but meters will also be reconfigured so customers can deposit money to park up to 90 minutes (75 cents).