To pay or not to pay for parking was the main topic of discussion at a recent Artesia City Council meeting. The council voted to approve the six recommendations made at an Ad Hoc Committee which addressed the concerns expressed by residents and merchants in early February.
Prior to the vote the council opened the floor to comments by residents and merchants who were either in favor or against the new parking permit ordinance. Safety was just one issue. One merchant was concerned that it wasn’t convenient for his female employees who would have to walk from the store to the city lot when they left work at night.
Another business owner complained that employees now have park at least three blocks away so they aren’t ticketed. Some residents complained that vehicle owners had been issued tickets; however, enforcement of the new parking ordinance does not begin until March 1. Those who did receive tickets were asked to contact the city manager’s office and those tickets will be rescinded.
Mayor Pro-Tem, Miguel Canales said both residents and merchants need to coexist and that the long term solution is to build a parking structure. He said the city is listening to residents and merchants’ complaints and the refinements proposed address those concerns. This is a continuing process, he said, and as other issues come forth changes will be made to make this new regulation work better for all Artesians.
The six solutions approved by the city council were:
Issue one permit to each residential property owner in the defined area if they are not a
resident of that area;
Expand permit parking area on southerly Alburtis Ave. from 187th Street to 188th Street;
Remove three hour parking permit limit from downtown streets including Pioneer Boulevard;
Provide paid parking spaces on the southerly end of Pioneer Boulevard between Metropolitan Transport
Authority property and 188th Street;
Provide paid parking spaces on 187th Street West of Pioneer Boulevard and between the alley West of
Pioneer Boulevard to Corby Avenue and,
Allow the downtown merchants and their employees to pay for reserved parking spaces at City Parking
Lot using a discounted parking rate system.