The City of Logan Police Department has received the go-ahead to crack down on a parking in town -again. Last month the city council approved the measure of cracking down on people who are parking for longer than four hours at metered spots in town.
According to the Logan Police Department many of the people who are tying up the metered parking spots are actually state employees working in the new state building in town. Ironically a special parking spot had been created just for them, but many apparently are refusing to park there. This leaves a drastic shortage of parking spots in town for people who want to come to Logan to shop. That problem has only been exacerbated thanks to the recent closing of the city’s parking garage.
“This is a problem and we are doing what we can,” Chief E.K. Harper told the council on Tuesday, April 8, during the monthly council meeting. “If anybody has any ideas we are willing to listen.”
The council discussed several things, including reducing the time on the meters to two hours.
“If the tickets do not get the message across the city might have to look into putting the boot on tires or towing,” Chief Harper added.
Council discussed renovating the site of the old Aracoma hotel to provide more parking in the downtown area.
“Some people are trying to help,” Chief Harper said, pointing out that several county employees have begun parking in the approved lot. Councilmember Donna Willis said she had heard that many state employees are refusing to park there and wondered why.
“They don’t want to walk,” Fire Chief Scott Beckett said. “There are 30 parking spaces available in the White Street Lot, but only about four people actually park on it.”
Chief Harper said that when the Aracoma lot is finished permits will be issued to everybody who used to use the Main Street parking garage.
Councilman Ken Lee made the motion to change parking to two hours, which was approved unanimously.
“We have had a parking problem in town for many years, and losing two parking garages did not help,” Chief Harper quipped.
Speaking of the Parking Garage, Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti had some very bad news.
“Within the next two weeks, we will have a workshop on the expenditures and costs involved to fix it or remove it,” the Mayor said. “I talked with a representative of the feds today and there is no grant money for it. But there are available long-term loans. We will have to sit down and go over that.”
Mayor Nolletti said that most people wanted to see the facility fixed, and noted that the most expensive measure would be to tear it down and replace it. Whether it is fixed or repaired however the revenues from parking meter money would be applied towards the loan.
Nolletti said more hurdles have been overcome towards beginning work on the new Central City walk bridge project.
“We have a notice to proceed,” Nolletti said. “But there are a few items of demolition we have to complete first.”
Nolletti said Mike Urioste, a demolitions and salvage specialist who removed the Number Two parking garage a few years ago, would be working with the city on that.
“Hopefully, by the time school starts we will have this new bridge,” Nolletti said. “This went from a $67,000 repair job to a $600,000 replacement.”