City Council committees convened Monday to hear a parking permit proposal and to discuss wastewater treatment plant updates.
Community member and Board of Zoning Appeals member Joan Kraynanski proposed an ordinance that would allow residents on certain streets to apply for passes that would exempt their vehicles from 24-hour street parking restrictions.
“I’ve been researching this for a long time,” Kraynanski said. “I’ve talked to people from Minnesota to Morgantown; I’ve researched parking situations in Bloomington, Indiana, in Miami and several other cities that have various but not identical situations.”
Kraynanski said she sees this proposal as an evolution of the city’s 24-hour parking requirement, which was put into place more than 10 years ago and which she and several council members believe has been an improvement in neighborhoods with little to no off-street parking available. She hopes that, if implemented, this system would keep the positive storage benefits of the 24-hour rule without requiring people to move their cars every single day, which can especially be an inconvenience for the elderly and those with limited mobility.
“This has been an issue for a number of years,” said council member Kent Butler, D-1st Ward. “I, as a council member, have received over the years a number of concerns, complaints, frustrations with this very issue on the west side. There are some geographically-challenged areas.”
Butler, as chair of the City & City Services Committee, discussed potential control replacements at the water treatment plant, as well as a letter that will be sent to unlicensed contractors.
Butler said the water treatment plant updates, of which the control replacements would be the first phase, will cost at least $6 million in total, although the city does not currently have a definite plan for where this money would come from. Council member Jeffrey Risner, D-2nd Ward, said he expects that the city will have to use bonds, much as it is doing to get money to build a new pool.
City council will hold a regular session meeting next Monday at 7 p.m.