Townspeople win as Midland parking lot soap opera takes dramatic turn

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Replacing Best Practices with “Midland Practices” in Parking Review Addressing Many Resident Concerns

At the end, the General Manager and staff received applause from the Midland Council.

At a special council meeting, the pay-by-plate parking system was approved to be converted to a pay-and-display system by unanimous vote, following vocal opposition from residents and property owners. downtown businesses.

Other key approvals included: Free parking seven days a week in all downtown parking lots except the port; free parking in December; free parking for residents at the Pete Pettersen boat launch; paid on-street parking six days a week at the current rate of $1 per hour; increase the port rate to $1.50 per hour; expand paid parking at Bayshore Drive; and seasonal passes for parking boats at the port, $99 per season starting in 2023.

Free parking will continue to be available until September 15 as the implementation of the new configuration is made and communicated to the public.

Com. Dear Cunningham spoke of the need for the revised report from the previous board meeting, noting that the issues discussed required additional time for staff to process and convey appropriately.

“Sometimes best practices don’t work; sometimes we really need to do ‘Midland practices’, and this report really addresses that,” Cunningham praised.

The pay and display option, similar to most other municipalities, will allow vehicle owners to be given a slip of paper to place in view of enforcement personnel.

Com. Bill Gordon has warned that the lack of ability to follow by plates will mean owners and staff of town center businesses would have to show courtesy by using ‘back 40’ to park so customers can access spaces nearest parking lots.

Mayor Stewart Strathearn noted, “It’s ‘first come, first served’, but you can assume customers come first. »

The Council also approved maintaining the pay-per-plate system, with mobile app purchases still available.

Halfway through the resolution, the con. Jonathan Main proclaimed 2022 as “the summer of fun”, indicating that the BIA had also endorsed the report. At the end, Deputy Mayor Mike Ross stood and applauded General Manager David Denault, with several council members joining in the praise.

Denault assured council and the public that staff had listened to all concerns and thanked staff for their efforts to find a compromise.

“A lot of us have been making policies for a long time, and this one was tricky,” Denault said. “I know some people felt that way (staff weren’t listening), but I can assure you we were listening and taking directions all the time.

“It was hard to find something that struck that right balance, but we heard from everyone.”

Midland staff are expected to roll out a communications strategy over the next few months with full details of the parking system changes.

The staff report on parking system update is available in full in the council agenda on the City of Midland website.

Further information on paid parking at the plate is available at the Town of Midland website.

Council meetings are held every third Wednesday and can be attended virtually via Zoom by contacting the Midland City Hall Clerk’s Department for a link to the meeting.

Council meetings can also be viewed on Rogers TV cable channel 53 or via live stream on the Rogers TV website. Board meeting archives are available on Rogers TV and the City of Midland YouTube channel.

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