CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – The Metropolis of Cedar Falls could also be placing a maintain on paid parking till 2021 by the request of enterprise house owners hit laborious from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paid parking got here up at metropolis council Monday by referral of Councilman Simon Harding. The dialogue on paid parking was not on the agenda, and no official alternative was made to droop.
Metropolis council did vote to carry a particular assembly on Dec. 9, 2020 by transfer from Councilman Harding.
The assembly will talk about the suspension of paid parking charges till March 2021 on the request of downtown enterprise house owners.
“It is going to be one much less factor that the companies should fear about. It takes it out of the equation,” Harding stated.
Harding was seconded by Councilman Dave Sires, who obtained calls from companies asking for the charges to be suspended.
“Once they ask for one thing, and so they do not ask rather a lot, I believe we should always transfer on that,” Sires stated.
There have been a number of strikes to provoke the suspension instantly Monday night time. Cedar Falls Metropolis Lawyer, Kevin Rogers, shot down these proposals as a result of the dialogue was not on the agenda, risking violation of open assembly legal guidelines.
One of many enterprise house owners voicing change is Pump Haus Pub proprietor, Johna Petersen.
“The free parking has been taken up now, the paid for tons are utterly empty as a result of nobody desires to pay for parking,” stated Petersen.
Petersen and different enterprise house owners hope town sees the suspension of paid parking as a strategy to assist companies.
“What we hope that town goes to acknowledge is that we do want some type of assist proper now and in the event that they droop the paid parking, it may present us, enterprise house owners, some assist,” Petersen stated.
The paid parking was first launched in October of 2020. All income from the paid parking tons goes again to repairing parking tons.
The assembly Wednesday could be by means of zoom at 6 p.m.