I agree with the editor's comments on keeping the meters in Bellaire.
Some years ago, at the request of local merchants, the parking enforcement was suspended for about a month in Martins Ferry. (free parking).
About halfway through that month, officers checked the license plates of the vehicles parked in town in those spaces.
About 70 percent of the cars were registered to the same merchants and employees who complained about customers not having spaces.
William J. Patsche