Parking Permit Zone Expands Near UMD
Posted at: 11/26/2012 12:00 AM
| Updated at: 11/26/2012 10:42 PM
By: Travis Dill
Parking in a residential neighborhoods near UMD was the focus for the Duluth City Council's meeting on Monday.
Residents of E. 8th St. have said that students are parking in the neighborhood and walking to campus. Congestion is so bad during the week residents asked to pay for parking permits.
This request puzzled Councilor Jay Fosle.
“I feel that people pay taxes to park in front of their houses already, but being that all the neighbors here seem to want this I'll vote in favor,” Fosle said.
People don't usually request to pay the city more money, but residents said this would free up parking for them.
A few residents attended the meeting, and one said parking outside his residence is impossible on days that school is in session. He even said he'd be willing to pay so he wouldn't have to see students park on his street and walk away.
Councilor Linda Krug said expanding the permit zone has been on the table for awhile because of the problems.
“It has to do with they can't get the plows through, and a lot of students park there,” Krug said.
The council passed the resolution unanimously, but the developer of the new Bluestone apartment complex had concerns about parking on Clover St.
The developer hopes to lease the Woodland Middle School out to UMD or St. Scholastica, but said the schools would need a 2 hour parking zone on Clover St. for it to be a viable location.
The council sent the Clover St. resolution back to the city administration to be altered. It will be considered after the council's parking committee has looked further into the issue.
But the residential permit zone has been expanded. Resident permits cost $2 per vehicle, and each home can request up to three permits.