Parking plan to be unveiled

Parking has been a thorny problem in the City of Warren for a long time, from the big-blue parking garage to two-hour zones and parking meters downtown.

A commission, called by Mayor Maurice Cashman, is hoping to solve that problem.

Cashman formed a Parking Committee comprised of members of Warren City Council and city staff. It was given three months to develop a comprehensive parking plan for the city.

Representing city council are Gregory Fraser, John Lewis and Dr. Howard Ferguson.

And, three months later, the work of the committee is ready to be rolled out to the public.

Cashman announced at Monday night’s council meeting that a public meeting to discuss the plan has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 in the Slater Room of the Warren Public Library.

“So we intend to go over the new parking regulations at that time,” he said.

Additionally, he said a special council work session will be held on Wednesday, April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cashman encouraged “each and every council member to attend both events if at all possible. I intend to have this come to council on the regular agenda in April” for review “then for final approval at the May meeting.”

With the state’s open meetings law, the Sunshine Law, limiting the number of council members who can meet together behind closed doors to three, the rest of council, Cashman included, has not been privy to the discussions.

“(I) understand they are doing well,” he said. “We’ll look forward to seeing what you are planning.”