Parking Commission – January 26, 2017 Minutes
Regular Meeting: Thursday: January 26, 2017:
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Parking Commissioners of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 9:00 o'clock a.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017.
The Parking Commissioners present or absent were as follows:
Present: Chairperson Mike Williams (via conference call), Margie Bailly,
Brian Hayer, Randy Thorson, Tracy Walvatne
Absent: Randy Thorson
Acting Chairperson Bailly called the meeting to order.
Item 1: Approve Order of Agenda
Member Hayer moved the Order of Agenda be approved as presented. Second by Member Williams. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 2: Minutes: Regular Meeting of November 18, and December 29, 2016
Member Hayer moved the minutes of the November 18, and December 29, 2016 Parking Commission meeting be approved. Second by Member Williams. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 3: Interstate Report/Financial Data
Andy Renfrew, Interstate parking (IP), presented the December financial and operations report. Mr. Renfrew also noted the closing of the 3rd Avenue Parking Lot will not happen until later this spring, and the existing renters can continue to park in this lot until further notice.
Member Walvatne present.
Discussion by the Board noted the 2017 Parking Rate Schedule begins on February 1, 2017, and no new maintenance issues reported to staff regarding the city-owned lots in addition to those already cited.
Item 4: New Parking Guide
Planner Derrick LaPoint highlighted the updates Planning and IP staff made to the Parking Guide. Mr. LaPoint noted there would be another updated version printed once the Roberts Commons Parking Ramp is completed.
Item 5: Roberts Commons Ramp Update
Planning Director Jim Gilmour stated the project remains on schedule with the goal to be operational by May 1, 2017. Mr. Gilmour noted the final guaranteed project cost for the ramp received City Commission approval at their meeting on January 11, 2017.
Item 6: Updates:
a) Downtown Master Plan Events
Derrick LaPoint noted that the Downtown Parking Consultants return to Fargo this afternoon, and will participate with staff in an open house during the downtown Frostival Event this weekend. He added the open house is at the Goodyear Warner Site, Studio D this Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and provides an opportunity for the public to participate and share with the Planning staff.
Item 7: Other Business: APPROVED
Jim Gilmour shared information on the following bills under consideration by the North Dakota State Legislature regarding parking meters.
House Bill 1364 would continue to ban parking meters in North Dakota.
Senate Bill 2247 would eliminate the prohibition of parking meters in North Dakota.
Mr. Gilmour asked the Board for a motion in support of Senate Bill 2247 to allow parking meters back into the state.
Member Hayer moved to approve the Parking Commission’s support of Senate Bill 2247 that eliminates the prohibition of parking meters, and to oppose House Bill 1364. Second by Member Walvatne. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 6: Adjournment:
Member Hayer moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:38a.m. Second by Member Walvatne. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.