On Tuesday night, the committee which will oversee the new Parking Department met to discuss organizational business.
The department was created by the Common Council last Spring in response to the 15-month Parking Study. That study found that although downtown needs some additional parking spots, much of the shortage and other issues could be resolved by changing the way parking is managed. The city is currently undergoing a search for a director to head the new department, with an application deadline of October 23rd (click here for the job description). In the meantime, downtown parking will continue to be managed under the Records section of the Police Department.
The committee agreed on the following items:
•meetings will be held on the third Tuesday evening of every month at 7 pm in City Hall (room to be determined)
•the chair of the committee is Welles Guilmartin, and the vice chair is Peter Harding
The committee, which was appointed by the Mayor, includes two common council members (Tom Serra, Joe Bibisi) and five people who live, work or own property in the downtown parking area (Welles Guilmartin, Marie Kalita-Leary, Marc Levine, Peter Harding and myself).
Full Disclosure: I'm a member of the Parking Committee.