The Directors of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who attended Tuesday night’s Community Meeting. We appreciate the open exchanges with business people in town, and are delighted that five attendees signed on to serve as Block Captains in our Membership Program and another 18 volunteered to serve on various Chamber committees. Thank you volunteers, attendees and members.
Yesterday morning, we became aware of one dark spot in an otherwise successful evening. Upon leaving the meeting, participants who had assumed that parking would be free found tickets on their cars. This issue was discussed widely on Facebook and elsewhere in town.
Many of the Facebook comments complained about the Borough issuing tickets. This is not fair to the Borough, who informed us that our rental of the Community Room did not include free parking. Frankly, we did not understand that others might assume parking would be free. We all pay for our own parking whenever we attend Borough meetings despite the fact that one of our officers is a former Borough Council member and another is married to a HARB member.
Had we known that attendees would expect parking to be free, we would have posted notes on the front door of the Building and the entrance to the Community Room alerting you otherwise. We accept full responsibility for not having posted notices. That said, we were not willfully negligent. We simply did not know. We are exploring ways to be sure that this problem does not arise during future Community Meetings.
If you consider the Chamber responsible for your having received a ticket, please bring it to the Chamber office at 10 Stockton Street during office hours 10am-4pm Monday-Friday or leave it in the Chamber office mail box. Please note the office will be closed for Labor Day. We must receive your parking ticket by 4pm on Wednesday September 3rd in order for us to pay it on time.
Again, thanks for attending, sharing opinions and offering support. We live in a very special place, and look forward to working with the business community to make it even more special.