SHAMOKIN - Motorists may want to be more vigilant in plugging the city's parking meters; the cost of a violation is about to double.

City council moved Monday to adopt the first reading of an ordinance amendment that would raise the meter fine from $5 to $10. The fine would rise from $7 to $12 if not paid within 48 hours. All tickets unpaid after 10 days are filed as a citation with the district magistrate.

It will take a second vote of council to make the increase official.

The impending hike in meter fines were among the recommendations made to city council earlier this year as it's received financial guidance from private advisers and the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Police Chief Darwin Tobias III was authorized to order new tickets. The department is running low on its current supply of tickets.

Anniversary cleanup

Jeffrey Fromm, a member of the city's planning commission, announced a second cleanup of the Shamokin Cemetery will be held June 24 and 25. It's pending approval of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 20 inmates from FCI-Schuylkill to participate.

Some inmates and volunteers will also be directed to Independence Street where Fromm is planning for the sidewalks and storefronts of participating property owners to be power washed.

The cleanup is being organized ahead of Shamokin's 150th Anniversary Celebration July 5.

Federal inmates and volunteers worked to clean the cemetery in April. A downtown cleanup had also been planned but was delayed due to the street light replacement project.

Other business

An ordinance regarding parking restrictions was amended on a first reading. Parking is proposed to be restricted on the east side of Eighth Street from Montgomery to Adams streets. A second vote is required.

Council voted to approve three community events: Citizens for a Better Community's annual firework display at 9:40 p.m. July 5 (they will also collect donations curbside within the city that day from noon to 9 p.m.); Citizens for a Better Community car cruise and show from 3:30 to 6 p.m. July 6 on Independence Street, and Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce annual duck drop and put-put car display July 27.

Council woman Barbara Moyer thanked both TimberEnd and Coal Township for donations of mulch, and also thanked a local businessman who wished to remain anonymous for replacing the shrubs in the planters on the Market Street park plots.

Judy Lupold, a Shamokin resident, thanked council for moving to demolish 241-243 S. Diamond St.