There are plenty of ways to park for free Downtown. I've harped on the weekend parking before. It's free, people!
Now, a new, proposed ordinance would expand the list of "free" city parking days to include any day designated as a paid holiday day off for city employees. The measure’s sponsor is Downtown Ald. Robert J. Bauman.
Current city code suspends parking time limits – allowing free street parking – for seven calendar days, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day, and July 4.
The ordinance (file # 111321) proposes adding a minimum of four days to the list of days exempt from parking time limits – Good Friday, the day following Thanksgiving, the last weekday before Christmas and the last weekday before New Year’s Day.
In addition, the suspension of parking time limits would be extended to additional days whenever New Year’s Day, Independence Day or Christmas Day fall on a weekend, said Bauman, who chairs the Common Council’s Public Works Committee.
Bauman said, in a news release, that city employee holidays usually mean that most non-essential city services are suspended.
"If we can suspend city services, we can lift usual weekday daytime parking restrictions and requirements," he said. "If we can make reasonable changes to our code to engender some goodwill and ease up on parking restrictions so residents and city employees can enjoy their holiday time off, I think we should pursue those changes."
The measure will be heard by the Public Safety Committee at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.
This would be great. I for one have gotten parking tix through the years on Black Friday and on MLK Day downtown which I thought was bunk. This could definitely help promote outings on school days off with the kids to downtown (and promote downtown shopping and dining!).
1 comment about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published March 3, 2015
Dwight Hopfauf is a former Milwaukee resident and the former assistant general manger at Milwaukee's Hilton City Center in Downtown. These days he's basking in "The Bachelor" limelight at Hotel Julien Dubuque.
Published Feb. 27, 2015
The Celebrities section of GQ (digital and print in March) features a story with Swedish Canadian actress Malin Akerman. The photos showcase the actress with the Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Published Feb. 24, 2015
The first phase of construction officially begins today on an 85,000-square foot, two-level flagship Roundy's Metro Market in the Village of Shorewood. Completion is estimated for January 2016.
Published Feb. 23, 2015
Out for a few beers. Boom. Killed a young woman, and the driver's off to jail. It's a sad story that should have an impact.
Published Feb. 18, 2015
Cold doesn't bother us. We wear hats. And, these days, Bucks hats seem to be everywhere,
Published Feb. 12, 2015
Amazon Prime's "Mozart in the Jungle" is the exact reason why today's news from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announcing that music director Edo de Waart will step down is so very interesting.
Published Feb. 10, 2015
A new, international and insanely cool bars list includes a Milwaukee favorite. And, it's one of only three U.S. stops on the list.
Published Feb. 9, 2015
Recently, Kloiber Jewelers joined the OnMilwaukee.com ShopLocal marketplace, and since it's Valentine's Day week I thought you might be interested a few of this 90-year-old Milwaukee retailer's wares.
Published Feb. 7, 2015
Danish bus company Midttrafik hired M2Film to make its set of "Epic" ad spots.
Published Feb. 5, 2015
Ten years ago, as someone recently reminded me, I wrote a piece for The Business Journal titled, "Milwaukee business must 'push the envelope'." It was our way, via YPM (Young Professionals of Milwaukee, now Fuel Milwaukee) and OnMilwaukee.com, to help champion change, innovation, creativity and causes. It's still relevant today.