City Council: Raise Parking Meter Rates for Additional Revenue

The item on Monday night's council agenda passed 8-1.

A revenue-generating item on Monday night's city council agenda will raise parking meter rates, making downtown parking $1 per hour.

The item passed 8-1, with Ald. Judy Fiske (1st Ward) objecting, saying it would hurt downtown businesses.

"I'm just concerned that there hasn’t been enough input solicited from them," Fiske said, referring to downtown business owners. She said she was aware of some businesses that will soon be closing, and noted that the parking situation downtown is a barrier to local retailers.

Ald. Colleen Burrus (9th Ward) suggested only raising the rates at meters that accept credit cards.

"I don’t think people are so concerned about the amount [of money the meters cost]," Burrus said. "It's carrying all the coins around that’s the issue."

Rates will remain higher in downtown Evanston; meter parking in other areas will be a slightly reduced 75 cents per hour. The reduced rate is in place in part to prevent bargain-seeking drivers from filling up nearby residential spots, according to Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd Ward). Wynne said she opposed a uniform parking rate throughout the city.

People who get busted for not paying a meter will still pay a $10 fine, instead of an increased $15 fine that was proposed Monday night. Fees for all other parking violations have been increased by $5, but parking meter violations, which make up the bulk of parking violations in the city, will not be increased.

Budget talks will continue Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.


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Jim November 30, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Evanston used to be a livable city with a university. Now it is a university with a city in trouble. With it's natural assets, Evanston should be doing better. Think the folks in charge have something to do with that?
mij November 30, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Christine prefers to see all the vacant stores and offices around Evanston. Some have been empty for years. When you run one business off you don't get others to excited about trying to get a license.
Richard Schulte November 30, 2011 at 09:51 PM
I was out in Schaumburg about 10 days ago and saw a Tilted Kilt on Higgins Road. Based upon all the publicity given to the jilted Tilted Kilt here in Evanston, I wanted to go to see what all of the buzz was about-didn't have the time, but it's on my list of "to do's". Since the City of Evanston thinks we're all children and can't be permitted to decide for ourselves what is appropriate, I'll just spend my money out in Schaumburg. I'd say Evanston got jilted, not the Tilted Kilt.
fishman December 01, 2011 at 09:44 AM
Let's not beat the Tilted Kilt horse again. Sorry for bringing it up - my bad.
Richard Schulte December 01, 2011 at 11:55 AM
No, the Titled Kilt is still worth talking about. Jobs are hard to come by (except in North Dakota, eastern Ohio and Texas, oh and, of course, Washington DC-no recession in Washington.) Evanston turned its back on jobs and Evanston officials and citizens who opposed the Titled Kilt should be asked why every day. Evanston officials (the Mayor) who opposed job creation should be required to donate their entire paycheck until the economy comes back. Let those Evanston officials feel how it is to be without a paycheck for months-it's called attitude adjustment. Unemployment and under-employment is not a joke. If you opposed the Titled Kilt, you supported unemployment-it's called unintended consequences. Why would anyone be opposed to job creation in this economy? Perhaps Christine Wolf could answer that question for us in one of her pieces. Oh, yes, Christine Wolf has a job-screw everybody else. Thanks Christine-typical liberal mind-set.


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