Small Towns have a Parking Issue, too


Small Towns have a Parking Issue, too

Here we are in Warren County, Me. There is a parking crunch brought on by eliminating a few spaces on street, marking nine spaces in front of the courthouse as reserved, and a heavier load in the superior court. What to do, what to do?

They are sending a letter to all employees asking them to parking behind the Sheriff’s Office, where, one assumes, there are plenty of parking spaces. But for some reason, the employees are parking on street (where it is free). The voluntary solution will be worth about the amount it costs for one sheet of the paper used to notify everyone of the council’s request.

Remember, we are talking about probably fewer than a couple of dozen spaces here. The parking crunch is not that overwhelming. However the same solution as mentioned time and again on PT’s blog would work and work well.

The city could call one of the parking meter manufacturers, order up thirty or so parking meters, have em set for the amount of time and money necessary for folks visiting the courthouse and that would be that. There would be plenty of parking available, the office workers would find it in their best financial interest to park in the free spaces behind the Sheriff’s office, and all would be right with the world.

What works in New York, Champaign, and Portland, works in Warren County.


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