Parking Commission’s Recommendation for Downtown Parking Changes Still Months Away

It will likely be a couple of months before the Stillwater Parking Commission will have a  recommendation for parking rates in downtown parking lots east of Main Street.

The next Parking Commission meeting is Thursday morning, but Community Development Director Bill Turnblad told the council on Tuesday night that the commission will discuss the RFP process for paid parking equipment, not parking rates.

Discussions about parking rates downtown will happen in March and April, Turnblad said.

Last week the Independent Business Association hosted a discussion at City Hall about the transition of turning the downtown parking lots from free to pay — something the Parking Commission has been working on for about three years, Turnblad said.

“They are at the point now where they are looking at various solutions to an annual budget shortfall,” Turnblad said. “Over the next two months — March 19 and April 16 — the Parking Commission will revisit the rate structure.”

After those two Parking Commission meetings, a recommendation for parking rate changes will come before the City Council.

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