Ians­dale park­ing of­fi­cials talk down­town zonesi me­ter up­grades

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com found

New down­town park­ing zones and me­ter prices will soon be a re­al­ity in ians­daleI but the bor­ough’s Park­ing Author­ity is al­ready look­ing even fur­ther ahead.

Wed­nes­day nightI the park­ing author­ity re­viewed the rec­om­men­da­tions put for­ward by park­ing con­sul­tants Nel­son Ny­gaard $VVRFLDWHV LQ WKH fiQDO VHRL­sion of a long-dis­cussed com­pre­hen­sive park­ing study.

“Prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant task right now would be chang­ing our pric­ing and zon­ingI which we did ad­dress al­ready by cre­at­ing the in­ner and outer down­town zonesI” said po­lice Chief oobert jcDyre.

One of the study’s main rec­om­men­da­tions is to im­ple­ment de­mand-re­spon­sive pric­ingI which would es­tab­lish higher prices in the high­de­mand down­town core while low­er­ing or elim­i­nat­ing park­ing prices out­side of that im­me­di­ate down­town zone.

Bor­ough coun­cil and the Park­ing Author­ity have al­ready dis­cussed a plan that would es­tab­lish park­ing prices of A1 per hour in lots and at street me­ters in the heart of down­townI 50 cents per hour in lots and at me­ters just out­side that down­town core and free park­ing on all bor­ough lots and spots ev­ery­where else.

Bor­ough coun­cil could vote to adopt that plan when it meets Sept. 19I ac­cord­ing to jcDyre and Bor­ough jan­ager Timi hirch­ner.

There are sev­eral sug­ges­tions con­tained in the fi­nal re­port from Nel­son Ny­gaard about what to do af­ter those zones are im­ple­ment­edI in­clud­ing con­vert­ing un­used down­town me­ter poles into bike racksI con­sid­er­ing a change in park­ing price times from start­ing at 9 a. m. to start­ing at 10 a. m. and re­mov­ing per­mit park­ing pro­grams that are lightly used but re­move price sen­si­tiv­ity from cer­tain busi­nesses.

Other sug­ges­tions in­clude ex­pand­ing the use of but­tons on me­ters that give VLVLWRRV WKH fiRVW 15 PLQUWHV in a park­ing space for free and pos­si­bly con­sid­er­ing a P0-minute free but­ton out­side of the core area. The bor­ough and park­ing author­ity could also up­grade the sig­nage de­scrib­ing down­town park­ing pricesI par­tic­u­larly in the jadi­son Park­ing iotI and de­velop new event park­ing re­stric- tion signs that clearly state what event is com­ing up with­out scar­ing away po­ten­tial vis­i­tors.

The full park­ing study will be posted on the bor­ough’s web­siteI ians­dale. orgI as soon as pos­si­ble and pro­vided to coun­cil and the bor­ough’s plan­ning com­mis­sionI ac­cord­ing to Author­ity Chair­man Dan Du­ni­ganI and all will be en­cour­aged to “di­gest” its con­tents for fur­ther dis­cus­sion.

jcDyre will also re­search whether the bor­ough would be bet­ter served by in­vest­ing in high tech­nol­ogy me­ters or kiosks that could cover more spa­ces per piece of equip­mentI and whether the bor­ough and author­ity could do both at onceI ac­cord­ing to hirch­ner.

“We’ll have to weigh what kind of in­vest­ment we would be mak­ing in new tech­nol­o­gyI as op­posed to maybe go­ing to a lesser tech­nol­ogy in or­der to ac­com­plish the same pur­poseI” she said.

Du­ni­gan added that there could be op­tions that pro­vide low-tech ca­pa­bil­i­ties now but could be up­graded to in­cor­po­rate newer con­cepts as they are de­vel­oped. Author­ity mem­ber gohn Siegler sug­gested kiosks or me­ters could in­clude pay­ments via credit cardsI mo­bile de­vices or even via text mes­sage as op­tions both the bor­ough and author­ity could in­ves­ti­gate.

“There are peo­ple who roll the dice and let their time run out and see if they can get back be­fore it doesI but I don’t think many peo­ple play that game. I think that if you of­fer them the op­por­tu­nity to payI they will pay” to park down­townI he said.

Any equip­ment up­grades would be de­vel­oped and ap­proved by both bor­ough coun­cil and the author­ity work­ing to­gether with each oth­erI ac­cord­ing to hirch­n­erI who acts as both bor­ough man­ager and as ad­min­is­tra­tor of the author­ity.

The author­ity op­er­ates as a sep­a­rate en­tity from the bor­oughI but re­im­burses bor­ough staff and con­sul­tants for the time they work on au­thor­i­tyre­lated is­sues. cunds be- long­ing to the park­ing author­ity in­ter­face with a bor­ough park­ing fund that pro­cesses park­ing finesI in­come from me­ter us­age and ex­penses on me­ter col­lec­tion staff.

On its endI the Park­ing Author­ity au­tho­rized three ex­pen­di­tures from its own funds Wed­nes­day night. A pay­ment of A10IT5P. 10 was ap­proved to pay con­sul­tants Delta De­vel­op­ment Group for work on anal­y­sis of the bor­ough’s park­ing and needsI and a ATI000 re­im­burse­ment will go back to the bor­ough for “ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port” in guly and Au­gust.

About A5I000 will go to­ward the author­ity’s con­tri­bu­tion to match a grant from the Delaware sal­ley oe­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion for wayfind­ing signs in and around down­townI which are be­ing de­vel­oped by West Chester- based con­sul­tants jerje bn­vi­ron­ments and bx­pe­ri­ences to do pre­lim­i­nary de­sign and engi­neer­ing work for signs hirch­ner said are sorely needed.

“We outI es­pe­cially through counders DayI that we re­ally need WKRVH WDy­fiQGLQJ VLJQV. As much as we had some great brochures and eventsI peo­ple were still try­ing to fiQG WKHLR WDy WR GLIIHRHQW places on counders DayI” she said.

jcDyre added that he no­ticed a sim­i­lar need when the bor­ough’s Bike Night events were held Sun­day.

The Park­ing Author­ity’s next meet­ing is sched­uled for T p. m. Oct. 10 at Bor­ough eall.

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