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Beginning Monday, MPA amassing donations for citations

MORGANTOWN — Don’t lie.

Bought any unpaid parking tickets? 

If that’s the case, you’ve obtained choices. 

You possibly can pay them. 

You possibly can ignore them and hope your automobile doesn’t get booted. 

Or, due to a brand new partnership between the Morgantown Parking Authority and Pantry Plus Extra, you may assist somebody have a cheerful Thanksgiving. 

The Pantry Plus Thanksgiving Meals Drive begins Monday and runs via Nov. 9. 

Throughout that point, you may have an expired meter ticket excused by donating from a listing of eligible meals, laundry/cleansing and hygiene gadgets. 

This system is for expired meter tickets solely. In case you wish to park alongside yellow curbs or in entrance of fireplace hydrants, you’re by yourself.  

Every buyer can have as many as two previous tickets taken off the books. 

Objects can be collected between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday via Friday on the MPA workplace within the Morgantown Public Security Constructing. 

Simply present up with an eligible merchandise to donate and the ticket or the license plate variety of the ticketed automobile. It doesn’t even must be your ticket. 

MPA Govt Director Dana McKenzie mentioned the aim of this system is twofold. 

The primary, he informed members of Morgantown Metropolis Council, is to be of service and assist fill a necessity throughout the neighborhood. 

The second is to start clearing a mountain of unpaid tickets. 

“There isn’t a statute of limitations. [The tickets] may be two, three years previous. To be trustworthy with you, that’s form of what we’re hoping to give attention to is getting the previous ones off the books for donations. That may be nice,” McKenzie mentioned, explaining roughly 16,000 tickets issued between 2018 and 2021 have gone unpaid.

These numbers, he continued, are regardless of a 93% assortment charge. Let that sink in.  

Relying on how this preliminary run seems, McKenzie mentioned MPA is taking a look at an analogous effort subsequent August specializing in faculty provides.  

“It’s giving again to the neighborhood, but it surely additionally form of highlights that citations are anticipated to be paid,” Morgantown Mayor Jenny Selin mentioned. “I believe it’s a pleasant form of means that someone can select to show one thing they most likely think about a adverse expertise right into a constructive expertise via your group, so it’s form of cool.” 

You possibly can see the listing of eligible donation gadgets and use your license plate quantity to test for unpaid citations at