Parking meter proposal won't go to commission this month

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A city authority trying to bring parking meters back to downtown Augusta is slowing down its timeline to get them installed.

The Downtown Development Authority of Augusta will not be presenting a plan to the Augusta Commission this month as originally planned.

Instead, the authority said today that it will collect more data and hold more public meetings on the parking meter proposal.

Authority director Margaret Woodard said the public opposition prompted an adjustment to the authority’s parking management strategy.

“The parking proposal was just that,” Ms. Woodard said. “It was a suggestion for how we might manage our parking resources better using recent research and cutting-edge technology. Our proposal was intended to initiate discussion, gauge public sentiment and incorporate new ideas emerging from the public dialogue before implementation begins.”

She said there is now no date to present the proposal to the commission.

“We’re going to take the time we need. We’re not going to put a timeline on it,” Ms. Woodard said.

Dates and times for the public input sessions haven’t been set.

The development authority on Dec. 10 approved a plan to install parking meters in the Broad Street corridor – from Fifth to 13th streets – in an effort to free up parking for patrons.

The proposal calls for spending $1 million on smart meters that would monitor 1,000 parking spaces. Parking in the metered areas would cost $1 per hour between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays.

Parking on Reynolds, Greene and Telfair streets would remain free under the proposal.

The DDA would be responsible for monitoring, ticketing and money collection. Proceeds from the parking system would be directed toward downtown beautification efforts, the board proposed.

Broad Street hasn’t had parking meters since 1978.

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disssman
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disssman 01/07/10 - 02:58 pm
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What? No calls to fire

What? No calls to fire immediately? No calls for an investigation? What is happening? Oh I forgot this is a bunch of important people.

db16
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db16 01/07/10 - 03:11 pm
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Just another waste of

Just another waste of Taxpayer money...City of Augusta will be so far behind the 8 ball in debt before they even get these things up and collecting money that they might as well be on the foosball table! It must be nice to live in a 'pipe dream' world Augusta! Is there really a necessity for this...have the downtown streets of Augusta really gotten that crowded with visitors? C'mon folks...this is absurd. Surely the DDA can think of more logical things...why not put a Wishing Well Fountain in the middle of the Commons? That way we can hire ONE person to monitor it and collect all of the 'wishing change' every week. Same amount of revenue...1/100th the cost! PROBLEM SOLVED!

db16
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db16 01/07/10 - 03:16 pm
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Side Note: I can assure you

Side Note: I can assure you that charging $1.00 per HOUR to park in Downtown Augusta will be all the more deterrent for folks to come down to Broad Street!!! Smart thinking Gang...
This is AUGUSTA for crying out loud...This isn't ATLANTA...What in God's name are you gonna use to justify charging this much per hour for? Pizza Joint...Mellow Mushroom...??? That is cool...Columbia County has them now too...send the Augusta folks to Columbia County to spend their tax dollars there...GOOD JOB!!! UGH...Stupidity!

naturehazard
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naturehazard 01/07/10 - 03:22 pm
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It seems the DDA has backed

It seems the DDA has backed off.

naturehazard
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naturehazard 01/07/10 - 03:22 pm
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It seems the DDA has backed

It seems the DDA has backed off.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/07/10 - 03:24 pm
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Old question, but very

Old question, but very relevant: Why do we have the DDA?

naturehazard
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naturehazard 01/07/10 - 03:26 pm
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db16. I think I should inform

db16. I think I should inform you. Columbia county did a retail and restaurant survey recently. Because 93.7% of its citizens shop in Richmond county. CC needs to worry about keeping our tax dollars in CC. Before they worry about attracting RC tax dollars.

AnotherPerspective
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AnotherPerspective 01/07/10 - 03:39 pm
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Fiat, we have the DDA because

Fiat, we have the DDA because we need someone to spend money on more studies.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 01/07/10 - 03:58 pm
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We have the DDA for the same

We have the DDA for the same reason Chiquita got a free ride out of town.

db16
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db16 01/07/10 - 03:59 pm
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Nature...you are correct.

Nature...you are correct. The survey was conducted with regards to adding more restaurants and a possible mall. That is protocol for any inquiries about possible franchising or building things as substantial as a new Mall. CC residents shop in RC b/c they offer more shopping with close proximity to restaurants as well as Washington Road a.k.a. Eatery Boulevard. CC is on the way there, but I think they are very hesitant b/c as sure as they will build a mall, the trash will follow and corrupt it just like the Augusta Mall has been since the closing of the Southside's Old Magnet for Metallicized Poop!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/07/10 - 04:00 pm
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Oh. Thanks for the

Oh. Thanks for the clarification. Augusta SNAFU.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 01/07/10 - 04:25 pm
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I hope, considering the

I hope, considering the criticism for meters that they at least propose enforcing the current 2 hour parking limit that is already in place. Sorry, that would involve a $80,000 study.

coco rubio
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coco rubio 01/07/10 - 04:35 pm
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use the existing parking

use the existing parking decks downtown if there is a real parking issue downtown.....you can charge for that..... also, keep in mind that a new parking deck will be built with the TEE center......you can charge for that too if there really is a parking situation in downtown augusta......and if you want to save money.....you should consider getting rid of the DDA.....what DO they DO?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/07/10 - 04:41 pm
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The problem with downtown is

The problem with downtown is not that there is enough parking. There is more than enough. How many parking decks are downtown that sit empty? The problem with downtown is that you have a little elite clique who keep wasting money on boneheaded ideas and studies while ignoring the real needs and concerns of business owners and people who frequent downtown. As long as this clique is calling the shots downtown will continue to suffer.

naturehazard
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naturehazard 01/07/10 - 05:14 pm
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The parking garage on ellis

The parking garage on ellis street. It needs to be renovated. The parking deck on reynolds. It needs extra lightning.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 01/07/10 - 05:34 pm
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Parking meters?---The key to

Parking meters?---The key to rebuilding downtown Augusta is foot traffic.. The DDA does not know what that word means. They need to waste some more of the taxpayers money with another 'study'...They are a joke.

AtlasShrugged
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AtlasShrugged 01/07/10 - 06:35 pm
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DDA will never bring this

DDA will never bring this stupid idea up again. Nothing short of a massive destruction followed by a huge reconstruction effort is needed to replace existing, worn out, drug-infested neighborhoods and closed industrial buildings with middle to upper class townhomes, condos, and houses. Then you have enough synergy and stability that will encourage other developments in and immediately surrounding downtown. That's what DDA should do instead of trying to get people to waste money restoring nasty, unsafe old buildings.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/07/10 - 07:10 pm
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Here's the result of my

Here's the result of my study- this is a TERRIBLE idea. Charging people MORE money to shop in a struggling business district is irrational.

naturehazard
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naturehazard 01/07/10 - 07:10 pm
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I disagree about restoring

I disagree about restoring historic buildings. A great downtown can have nice old and modern buildings. All of the old buildings don't need to be restored. But I would like to see a couple restored. The Enterprise Mill and Whites building are both very nice.

inAUGsince1832
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inAUGsince1832 01/08/10 - 10:42 am
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