No more Saturday parking meters: topic of Dubuque debate
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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is seeking input from the public about parking meter enforcement in downtown Dubuque on Saturdays. Currently, parking meters are enforced 6 days a week in Dubuque. But economic leaders say several business owners worry that Saturday meters keep shoppers from coming downtown.
Molly Grover, President of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism says, "This has stemmed from member concern. We are responding to members concerns by gathering information from downtown businesses and their patrons about meter parking on Saturdays. We want to see whether it is an attractor, detractor and the importance of the issue so the chamber the information that they need to figure out how they would like to move forward," said Grover.
Courtney Clancy is Owner of Fringe salon on Main Street in Dubuque. She said she approached the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce four years ago about the issue.
"As a whole for the business, as for all the businesses, the newer shops that are just coming in, the free parking could be an asset for them." Clancy said. . Earlier this week, the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce passed out petitions to downtown businesses. Those petitions are for people to sign if they believe their should be no enforcement of parking meters on Saturday's.
Chris Oberender is a Manager at Stam, a chocolate shop located on Main Street in Dubuque. He says he is afraid eliminating the enforcement of parking meters on Saturday would create parking problems.
"What I am afraid of is people that live around the area, not so much live, but if they are here they will leave their cars out there all weekend. Then their is no where to park at all." Oberender said.
Officials with the Dubuque Parking Division say that if enforcement of those meters was repealed on Saturday's they would lose $55,000 a year. That number does not include money collected from fines. The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will be collecting those petitions from businesses next week.
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