Construction on the parking garage is near completion and City Manager Dave Greene recently indicated that he anticipates ownership of the facility being turned over to the city by the middle of this month.
At the most recent city council meeting, councilman Bob Roberts suggested that the city offer free parking in the garage for one month to help residents become acclimated to the new facility.
"[Offering parking free for the first month will] get people accustomed to going in there, trying it out, and seeing what's going on with it," Roberts said. "It might be a whole lot easier for them to become accustomed to it and then move on to however you're going to [charge for parking]."
Council members approved Roberts' motion; however, they stressed that the month of free parking applies only to the parking garage.