Parking Update: Several Options on the Table for Town Hall Discussions

March 27, 2012

West U residents will be presented with several solutions to the city’s parking problems, which will be discussed at upcoming town hall meetings on April 9 and April 12.

City Manager Michael Ross told InstantNewsWestU that while no solutions are being proposed, potential problems and several hypothetical solutions will be discussed at the town hall meetings.

Some of the solutions that are up for discussion include:

–          No overnight parking, which Southside Place currently enforces

–          Parking on one side of the street

–          A total ban on parking on the street

–          One-way streets

Ross said that there are 15 or 16 different street widths in West U, ranging from 21 ft. to 35 ft. and 50 ft. on University.

City staff will take pictures of the street widths, which will be displayed at the town hall meetings, he said.

Mayor Bob Fry told the news organization that parking problems were the issue that came up more than any other when the council members were block walking for the May 2011 election.

Re-evaluating on-street parking and parking across sidewalks is one of council’s 2011-2013 goals.

Fry said there’s a reason why West U streets are the way they are.

While he’s fine with keeping things the way they are, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a better solution out there, he said.

Ross said the council will have a discussion after the town hall meetings to determine if anything needs to be done.

The West U City Council will meet with residents on Monday, April 9 and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 at 3 p.m. and Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m.

The meetings will be held at the Community Center, 6104 Auden, and residents are encouraged to attend.

Residents who cannot attend the town hall meetings are asked to send the city their thoughts by e-mail to streetparking@westutx.gov.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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