Thursday, May 11, 2017

Council adopts amended new parking hours and rates

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 4:33 PM

City Council today voted to approve an amended version of the expansive new changes to parking rates and times downtown.

The newly adopted version features an expansion of enforced parking fees to $2 an hour from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., beginning with a two-year phase-in for areas north of Liberty Street only.

Sundays had originally been proposed.

Read the original proposal here.

Alderman Julian Miller said of the plan as originally proposed, "We're biting off more than we can chew. We're not ready to tackle Sundays yet."

Alderman Brian Foster agree, saying "We've put the cart before the horse," referring to the broad application of the original study.

The support of phasing in the new plan — which would include all new meters and meter technology — was broad. However, Alderman Van Johnson said it was still an arbitrary decision as to which area would bear the brunt of the changes first, and perhaps it might be better to accomplish the changes all at once.

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