Parking Adjustments

While a comprehensive parking proposal put forth by a special committee of Warren City Council met with stiff resistance, an alternate proposal is coming forth.

Mayor Maurice Cashman announced during Monday’s meeting of council that a public meeting will be held on June 3 at 6 p.m. in the Slater Room at the Warren Public Library to present a revised plan.

“Whether you are inside or outside of Warren,” Cashman encouraged all to come and offer input on the revised plan.

The preliminary proposal presented by the committee proposed included installing kiosks throughout the downtown area in addition to several areas that would be restricted to permit parking.

When that proposal was not embraced with open arms by downtown business or many residents, the committee went back to the drawing board.

Part of that revision was a meeting with representatives from the committee as well as major downtown employers to discuss parking issues, according to Councilman Dr. Howard Ferguson.

Ferguson said the committee continues “to try to be reactive to what we are hearing.”

He suggested that the committee would have been “non-responsive” to push the prior plan through in a 90-day time period suggested when the committee was formed.

Cashman raised two proposed revisions to be considered. One would review the two hour parking on Third Avenue by General Joseph Warren Park as well as the proposed permit parking along Crescent Park in the area of Warren General Hospital, which could limit public access to Crescent Park itself.

“We have made some significant adjustments based on the input we received,” Ferguson assured council. “(The) adjustments we are looking at, have tend(ed) to reduce the possible amount of revenue to be generated.

(We have) tried to be as open as we can.”

Cashman convened the Parking Committee shortly after he took office and gave them 90 days to come forth with a plan, a deadline which they met.

Referencing the changes, which were not detailed during Monday’s meeting, Cashman said “I think it is worthy of having another public session. It has changed so that you need to take another look at it.”