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Finance Committee discusses new downtown parking plan

Updated: January 13, 2013 11:15AM



AURORA — Although it opted to hold a vote on the new downtown parking plan Tuesday, the Finance Committee discussed plans to eliminate parking meters in the city’s downtown.

Chief Development Officer Bill Wiet presented a plan that would divide the city’s downtown into platinum gold, silver and bronze zones — each indicating the amount of time a car could be parked at the location before it was fined.

Meters removed during the Downer Place bridge project were not replaced.

Parking will be free within the allotted time, which would be marked with street signs. Current street and lot parking ranges between 15 cents to 25 cents per hour.

The city would increase enforcement hours to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Currently, parking is enforced between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Under the proposed plan, a first parking ticket would be $5. Now, the first ticket is a free “warning” ticket.

The proposal calls for parking in the Stolp Avenue parking deck to be free up to an hour. Beyond that, parking in decks would be $1 per hour or a maximum of $5 per day.

The city aims to revamp downtown parking on the heels of the completion of the Downer Place bridge project and the conversion of Downer Place and Benton Street into permanent two-way streets downtown. The city will host a bridge re-opening celebration at 3:30 p.m. today at the Downer Place bridges.

The city announced plan to nix the parking meters this summer. The city’s Finance Committee is scheduled to discuss the measure again in January.



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