For the third time in four months, the City Council said it wants to have a full conversation about downtown parking.
But it still hasn't determined how to do that - whether that means hiring a consultant or doing it internally. On Tuesday, the council agreed to have the city solicitor craft an order to have the newly constructed Summer Street surface lot have 90 minutes of free parking instead of the current 30 minutes. But not before many councilors pled for a wider examination of the overa
In a split 3-2 vote, the City Council's Ordinance and Rules subcommittee recommended 90-minute parking in the newly constructed Summer Street lot.
But it urged the administration to bring back the original consultant to do an updated analysis of the parking meter plan.
As the debate over the installation of meters in the newly construction Summer Street surface lot has begun in earnest, many are calling for a full-scale review of the parking program.
The City Council has called for an analysis, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has called for one, Berkshire Nautilus, who is opposing it, has called for one. And many in the public have called for one.
The Traffic Commission isn't willing to remove meters from the newly opened Columbus Street surface lot but is willing to discuss an overall examination of the entire meter system.
Berkshire Nautilus Owner Jim Ramondetta and Manager Glen McBurney have been fighting the city over the new meters. Prior to the garage being torn down and replaced, there were free three-hour public spaces.
A petition against putting parking meters in the new Columbus Avenue surface lot could trigger a full re-examination of the parking program.
Berkshire Nautilus Owner Jim Ramondetta submitted a petition with some 800 signatures of people opposing putting parking meters in the new lot. Ramondetta claims the city had not kept him informed of the move and that meters would hinder his business. He's righting back, calling for 90-minute parking, like he has now, instead.