Let’s talk about Downtown Parking

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The City of Sault Ste. Marie is hosting two public open houses to receive feedback regarding the two-hour free parking in downtown municipal parking lots.

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Thompson Room, Level 3, Civic Centre, 99 Foster Drive

Since 2005, the two-hour free downtown parking program has had an annual cost of $190,000. Costs associated with providing municipal parking include lighting, signs, landscaping, snow and litter removal, line painting, enforcement, insurance, and pavement re-surfacing.

To eliminate this cost, the City is planning to move to a full user-pay downtown parking program similar to the existing on-street pay parking in Sault Ste. Marie and used by other northern and southern Ontario municipalities.

The public is welcome to attend either public open house on February 8, 2017 to learn more about the proposed plan.

For more information, visit saultstemarie.ca/downtownparking.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Costs associated with providing municipal parking include lighting, signs, landscaping, snow and litter removal, line painting, enforcement, insurance, and pavement resurfacing.

    Lighting: essential unavoidable cost.
    Signs: already there and paid for.
    Landscaping: None existent, to say different is a lie.
    Snow: Essential unavoidable cost.
    Litter removal: questionable but possible.
    Line painting: every five or ten years.
    Enforcement: Not cost effective and hardly essential.
    Insurance: drop it and place use at your own risk posted.
    Pavement resurfacing: Seriously? Has it been touched since the day it was first done?

    Cost for city-owned land for parking downtown ought to be borne by local government and the businesses concerned. Do we have to pay for Metro, Value Village, Lowes, Wally World, Soo Mill and all the rest? No, because they pay their own way and pass on the cost of doing business to their customers. Why in Gods name would down town be any bloody different?

  2. No doubt this and many other changes are because of the Essar global thieves not paying the city over 20 million in taxes that are way past due.. it’s a ridiculous idea and will kill the downtown merchants deader than dead.
    They better rethink this quickly before it’s too late.

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