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March 19, 2013

Stillwater to turn parking study plans into a reality

STILLWATER, Okla. — City staff, city councilors and a 17-person parking steering committee will turn a 136-page parking study into a reality.

Carl Walker Inc., Vice President of Studies and Operations Matt Inman presented an overview of the analysis at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The company will be paid approximately $60,000.

The findings showed downtown Stillwater, Campus Corner and the Washington Street Strip have adequate parking within a block or two of businesses.

Parking is a problem in the fraternity and sorority neighborhood and the Westwood addition, Inman said.

Recommendations included:

• Signs directing motorists to parking spaces and lots.

• A city department devoted to parking, parking area safety and parking law enforcement. The department eventually would evolve into a stand-alone parking authority with its own Board of Trustees and funding.

• Raising parking fines from $5 to $10, and extending the grace period.

• Amending the city’s parking ordinance to require motorists to move their cars at least a block after the parking time limit has been reached. This would prevent employees from parking all day in front of businesses.

• Purchasing equipment that recognizes license tags and associates them with global positioning system coordinates to monitor parking and write parking citations.

• Creating a residential parking permit ordinance for all of Stillwater.

Stillwater’s Director of External Services John McClenny said the staff recommended the City Council acknowledge receipt of the parking plan, and keep the steering committee in place.

City councilors voted unanimously to do this.

City staff can implement some of the proposals. Some recommendations will need additional public input and must be approved by the City Council, City Manager Dan Galloway said.

 

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