News from BG: March 6, 2019

Changes to Parking in City Lots

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.

The public is encouraged to watch a how-to video for the kiosk and a how-to video for the Park Smarter mobile app.

There is no change to the 157 free 2 hour on-street parking spaces within the downtown.

Efficiency Smart Program Free Meter Loan

Looking to upgrade your old appliances? Do you know what products and appliances are using the most energy in your home?

Efficiency Smart’s FREE METER LOAN SERVICE can help you find out!
You can borrow an electric meter from Efficiency Smart and use it to view the electricity usage and costs of appliances and electronics in your home. You can use the meter to measure most appliances, from refrigerators to entertainment systems.

Just record your results and send them back with your meter. Their customer support team will then compare the energy use of your products to efficient, modern versions. This can help you make smart choices about replacing products in your home to save the most on your electric bill, and help you understand how these items affect your electric bill.

Click this link for full program eligibility details or to request a free meter. You can also call the customer support team at 877-889-3777 to learn more or request a meter over the phone.