Commissioner calls for changes to downtown parking plans


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Some Augusta commissioners say some of the proposals for paid parking downtown need to be altered.

It was last winter when a task force presented a list of recommendations for a parking program downtown.

One of those recommendations called for the hours to be from 8 to 8 Monday through Saturday.

But some city leaders says that’s too long.

“The hours look like it’s going to be 8 to 8, which I really hope we’re going to amend because I really don’t see the need continuing that after work hours. Tou know the real issues downtown are during the normal work day when there’s a lot of cars just sitting there. I hope we’ll roll that back to either five or six,” said Commissioner Brandon Garrett.

Next week Commissioners will vote on hiring a Chicago based company to come up with the details for a paid parking program downtown.

The plan will be presented to commissioners for final approval.

The task force recommendations do not have to be part of the program.

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