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Various Downtown Parking Spaces to Gain Restrictions

Numerous parking spots downtown will be converted into 15-minute spaces.

During its Tuesday night meeting the village council unamimously approved an ordinance to convert numerous downtown parking spaces into 15-minute only spots.

A recommendation of the Downtown Parking Study the council approved in January, the conversion of certain spaces is expected to benefit downtown businesses by creating higher turnover and more parking options for shoppers.

The spaces will be converted with the installation of new signage and pavement striping. According to the ordinance, the converted spaces will be at the following locations:

1) The north side of Curtiss Street from a point forty feet west of the west line of Washington Street to a point one hundred eighteen feet west of such west line.
(2) The two spaces (by disabled parking) in south corner of the Library Lot
(3) The south side of 935 Burlington Avenue.
(4) The south side of 937 Curtiss Avenue.
(5) The south side of 1001 Curtiss Avenue
(6) The north side of 1028 Curtiss Avenue.
(7) The east side of 4947 Main Street.
(8) The east side of 5002 Main Street.
(9) The west side of 5006 Main Street.
(10) The east side of 5115 Main Street.
(11) The west side of 5122 Main Street.
(12) The east side of 5157 Main Street.
(13) The north side of 940 Warren Avenue.

These locations were determined based on conversations with representatives of and business owners, according to the ordinance.

Ward Feste May 02, 2012 at 01:26 PM
It shall be unlawful to park or let stand any vehicle for more than fifteen consecutive minutes "on a daily basis" replaced "between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., excluding Sundays and legal holidays" in the ordinance. Does anyone know why?
Robert Bykowski May 02, 2012 at 02:36 PM
It would appear that revision was made to make those spaces 15 minutes only all the time instead of the initially proposed 9 to 6.
Jackie Gustafson May 02, 2012 at 05:24 PM
They have done almost everything they can to make Downers unattractive to shoppers and diners. The only place I will go is to the library, and they need to do something about the homeless parkers there.
Robert Bykowski May 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Jackie, in what ways?
Kent Frederick May 02, 2012 at 05:56 PM
First, 15 minutes seems awfully short. Thirty minutes would have been more appropriate. There have been times at the Post Office that it's taken 20 minutes, just to get to the counter, because of the long lines. Second, I don't understand why the time limit at all times. If someone wants to stop at Another Round or Emmett's after 9:00, why cut the choices of parking? The stores are all closed. The library is closed.
D Bunting May 02, 2012 at 09:43 PM
To make any spot 15 Minutes all the time is absolutely stupid. and with these locations what businesses and what kind of turnover do they expect. Following the normal restrictions of "between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., excluding Sundays and legal holidays" makes the most sense. The village is concentrating its efforts in dumb ways and already has the white Elephant parking garage that it decided to give to Postal workers even after being subsidized by Metra/BNSF. Maybe they should have made it 20 stories high and charged more. The Parking Pinnacle of D.G.!
Mark Thoman May 02, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Linda Kunze as well as a representative from the DG Police Department said at the Transportation and Parking Commission meeting on 3/14 that 24/7 would be easier to enforce, and that many downtown businesses were open in the evenings past 6 pm. There's more discussion in the meeting minutes attached to the ordinance. http://www.downers.us/public/docs/agendas/2012/05-01-12/ORD00-04877_15MINUTESPACES.pdf
J. Geoff Rove May 03, 2012 at 12:03 AM
So the annual bill comes for property taxes. Low and behold this library board scams through a huge increase greater than the inflation rate. What pray tell on earth is going on in this building to warrant an outrageous increase ?? Some sort of staff appears to enter/exit second floor offices, but their duties are hard to guess. The "reference" staff seems to be the default free 411 directory service, looking up numbers for callers too feeble to open their phone books. Of course the dewey cheatem forest preserve gang gets their huge increase piled on too. Man, between the townies and carpet-baggers and bond peddlers and ditzy assessor staff, property taxes have gotten crazy, except for the fortunate blessed ones who received assessment cuts from the crony gang at the review board in Wheaton.

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