In February, City Council revised certain rules and regulations related to parking within City-owned parking lots. In addition to the fee modification to $0.50 an hour, there were also changes to make it easier to park and spend time in the downtown. Short term parking time limits, within parking lots, have increased from 2 to 3 hours. Due to safety concerns, handicapped parking is not available on Main Street, where there is no charge for parking. Therefore, Council removed the fee for handicap parking in the parking lots. Those with a current and valid handicap placard may now park for free in designated handicapped spaces within City-owned parking lots (timed parking will be enforced).
Currently, parking within City Parking Lot 2 is free. After reviewing feedback from downtown businesses, property owners, and visitors, the City will replace the kiosks in Lot 2. The new kiosks are more user friendly, allow users to input their information in any order they choose, and offers a mobile app (Park Smarter). The use of the Park Smarter mobile app will allow visitors to pay for parking (within a lot with kiosks) without having to go to a kiosk and will also allow visitors to add time from their smartphones. It is anticipated that the new kiosks will be installed sometime in March, at which time the fee to park will apply in Lot 2.
There is no change to the 157 free 2 hour on-street parking spaces within the downtown.