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Area residents unhappy with proposed parking changes

October 18, 2011

At Monday evening's City Council meeting, approximately 11 area residents, including some employees and owners of downtown businesses, appeared before council to express their displeasure with proposed parking changes for the city.
The residents said they were opposed to the council's proposed changes in parking times, fines and permits. Among the most prominent concerns stated were the increase in parking fines from $2 to $5, which one resident noted was a 150 percent increase; the 2-6 a.m. closing of city parking lots and city streets, especially for those who work into the early morning at local bars; disagreement about the parking lots having to be closed during those hours year-round when snow needs to cleared out of them for only a few months out of the year; and that the maximum two-hour time limit on city meters isn't enough.
As a result, council approved for St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer and Councilman Dick Dornisch to head up a new parking committee to address the citizens' concerns on the proposed changes. All meetings will be public.
Dornisch agreed with some of the complaints tendered by the residents who attended the meeting.
"I am totally opposed to an increase in prices and for four to five snowfalls a year, this is no reason to close the lots year-round," Dornisch said.
Also at the meeting, former St. Marys City Police Sergeant Phil Hoh was honored for his 27 years of service with the department. He was presented with a large plaque by SMPD Chief Todd Caltagarone, a certificate from the city and a House citation from state Rep. Matt Gabler's office, as well as his officer's badge. Also in attendance were Hoh's wife Sandy and two daughters, who were each presented with flowers.

Comments

Parking

October 19, 2011 by nowhining (not verified), 2 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 264

Why doesnt the Moose Club let the poor pregnant bartender park for free in the spaces they own right behind their building? As for the brige players, how many years have they not fed the meter for the extra two hours they were there? Maybe they should send the City the money they owe for that.

Sergeant Phil Hoh

October 18, 2011 by Chazbow_DePew (not verified), 2 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 262

Thank you for your many years of great public service. I don't think there's a citizen in St. Marys who does know who Phil Hoh is. Well done, sir!

Before U annoint Mr. Hoh

October 19, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 2 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 263

Ask the other officers he worked with what they thought of him.

Hoh

October 20, 2011 by nowhining (not verified), 2 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 266

As long as we can ask your coworkers about you.

!!!

October 21, 2011 by Eyeswideopen (not verified), 2 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 267

Love it!

New parking rules

October 18, 2011 by JJ (not verified), 2 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 261

How dare those eleven citizens question anything Bob Roberts proposes.
They must not know Mr. Roberts is always right about everything. As for the newly apopointed committee to study the changes, good luck!
You can't imporve on anything Mr. Roberts did because he is always right- in his mind!

Parking Rules

October 19, 2011 by zz (not verified), 2 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 265

You know looking at this I agree looking at the hours some meters can have,adding maybe some more hcp spaces and and seeing if staggered closing of lots will work. But come on people if you put the quarter in the meter there is no need to worry about the $5 fine. Sure it went up allot, but geesh people if you park legally you have nothing to worry about!

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