Parking Fees, Alarm Testing, and Midsummer Dreaming

The vote on increasing parking fees has been postponed after downtown businesses complained at Tuesday’s public hearing. More info here.

A reminder that Ron and a tech or two will be checking the fire alarm and sprinkler equipment in each unit this Thursday between 8:30AM and 4:30PM. If you haven’t already completed your permission form, please fill it out and drop it at the office ASAP. Extra copies are available at the office if you no longer have your blank copy or contact me and I’ll see about posting a copy. This annual inspection is important for everyone’s safety.

Also, there seems to be a new festival in the works aimed at children and adults and planned for June 16th. For anyone interested and available, there’s a planning meeting at Humanity Style at 128 Merrimack from 10:00–11:00AM this Thursday.

Parking Fees

After the March City Council meeting, here’s what Georgi reported back:

“I attended this evening’s Lowell Council meeting and the parking increases were accepted without discussion.

“A few months ago there was a special meeting to discuss  the planned increase in parking fees (and fines throughout the city) that was attended by about 30 very interested parties who were against the then-submitted proposal.

“This current and now passed financial plan is very close to what many of us suggested at that meeting.

“The increase is 37% higher than what we pay now in the garage but the increase is perfectly aligned with the cumulative inflation rate since the last time the garage costs were increased (2003).”

Also, Brian advises that there will be one more public hearing about the fee increases next Tuesday, the 3rd, at the regular City Council meeting in the City Council chamber at City Hall, 2nd floor. The agenda for the meeting can be found here, with the specifics about the parking fee increase here.

City Council Meeting Tomorrow (Parking Fees on Agenda)

A neighbor (thank you, Brian) provided the following info:

“Just an FYI. On the City Council agenda for the March 20, 2018 meeting an ordinance change is being requested to increase the parking fees/fines as of July 1, 2018. I’m not sure if a hearing will take place or if the council will just vote on it at the meeting.”

After some digging, I found this, which offers the new rates under discussion, and which is part of the larger agenda for this meeting. For anyone interested in attending, here’s the info.

Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA

No one likes to have their fees go up, but the increases they’re talking about now look much more reasonable than the ones they were discussing earlier. The monthly pass card rates for the Leo Roy Garage given in the new ordinance are:
(1) Individual pass card: $87, market rate
(2) Pass cards, group billing (20 o r more): $71, 81% of market rate
(3) Residents of the central business district: $66, 75% of market rate
(4) Persons 62 years of age and over residing in downtown Lowell and handicapped or disabled persons residing in downtown Lowell shall pay $36 per space per month .

Parking Ban Effective at Midnight

To no one’s surprise, a parking ban has been declared because of the approaching storm.  If you’re parked in the surface lot, please be sure to move your car to one of the city garages ASAP or risk being towed. Any time the city bans on-street parking, the Canal Place Association bans parking in our surface lot as well to allow for plowing.

From the City of Lowell: “Snow Emergency/Parking ban declared March 12, 2018 at 2 P.M.  Ban shall take effect 10 hours later at 12 A.M. March 13, 2018.  No parking on city streets from 12 A.M. March 13, 2018 until ban lifted.  Vehicles parked in violation of ban subject to tow at owner’s expense.  Free parking available from 6 P.M. March 12, 2018 at Ayotte Garage, 1 Post Office Square, Downes garage, 75 John St., and Lower Locks, 90 Warren St.”

Parking Ban Effective at 4pm Today

A parking ban has been declared by the city because of today’s snowstorm.  If you have a car parked in the surface lot, please be sure to move it to one of the city garages before 4pm or risk being towed.  Certain garages have free parking for city residents during the ban but, unfortunately, not the Leo Roy Garage next door. More info can be found here.

Parking Ban in Effect as of 1:00 PM

Not surprisingly, there’s a parking ban currently in effect.  If your car is in the surface lot you need to move it to allow for plowing or risk getting towed.  Here’s the official word from the emergency alert system:

Parking Ban effective at 1PM February 7, 2018.  No parking on city streets from 1PM until Parking Ban is lifted.  Free parking beginning at 11AM at Ayotte, Downes and Lower Locks garages.  Residents will have two hours after ban is lifted to remove vehicles without cost.

Our garage isn’t one of the free ones listed but as of 15 minutes ago it was completely full anyway; only people with parking passes can get in.  That may change fairly quickly as more of the local workforce goes home because of the weather but be prepared to have to park elsewhere and walk a ways if you need to move your car.

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