The city next fall will begin charging for parking year-round at its downtown lots.
The City Council agreed Tuesday with a parking commission report that said providing year-round management would increase security, provide consistency and ease maintenance of its three lots. The lots provide 778 parking spaces.
To have a manager, the city must charge for parking, as it now does only from June 1 to Nov. 1.
Security guards can be there to “change a tire, jump-start a car, loan a gallon of gas or offer a phone call for service,” said parking commission member Bill Reagan.
Daily rates will remain the same: free for the first two hours, $1 for the third hour and 50 cents for each additional hour. Monthly parking pass rates will drop from $35 to $15.
Councilmen Ron Edinger and Dan English voted against the plan, arguing that shop owners downtown may lose customers to places like the Silver Lake Mall, which doesn’t charge for parking.
Edinger said he conducted an unofficial survey of 12 downtown business owners and found only two who supported the proposal.