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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Called to order at 8:30 a.m.
1.      Roll Call
Present:  Commissioners – Doris Cearley, Dan Ebert (*arrived as noted), Grant Lagorio, Mark Millner, Fred Robinson, Bruce Spence, Jeanne Stallman; Council Liaisons – Karen Blair, James Kuntz; Staff – Lynette O’Neal
Absent:  Denise Galarraga, George Schroeder
2.      Approval of Minutes
a.    February 9, 2012
Approved as amended
3.      Oral requests and communication from the audience
Scott Henselmen suggested raising rates in Middleford Garage and other facilities that are full.  *Dan Ebert arrived at 8:08 a.m. Mr. Henselmen stated rates should be lowered on facilities that are not full.  Mr. Henselman stated that Lithia is locking-up all the permit spaces in Middleford.  He stated the parking staff has been able to set up spaces in the Hawthorne Park lot and then transfer them to the Middleford Garage as spaces came open.  The Commission discussed the process for wait lists and how they work.
4.      Court Report
Ms. O’Neal gave an oral report on citations. 
5.      Old Business
a.    Review of Parking Fund Budget
Mr. Robinson and Mr. Spence reviewed the questions that were submitted regarding the Parking Fund they still had questions on and Ms. O’Neal answered those questions.
6.      New Business
7.      Council Liaison Remarks
Ms. Blair talked about downtown being one location.  It is not divided into two sections and we need to think of it as one downtown. 
8.      Staff/Commission Remarks
Ms. O’Neal stated that right now, mirrors in the Middleford Garage are not being considered as we don’t have the funds.  She stated she spoke with the City Manager regarding the Commission’s request for a press release regarding the Parking Commission officers and the status of the parking fund. It was determined that it wasn’t the current practice to do a press release regarding officers, however all boards and commissions are listed on the website with the officers noted.  In addition, it was felt that it wasn’t the appropriate time for a press release regarding how well we were doing since we are still operating at a negative cash flow.   The City Manager also determined that it was not an efficient use of staff time to separate out all the expenses for the parking facilities on the west side of the railroad tracks.  Expenses are tracked as a whole within the parking fund.  
Mr. Robinson asked to have several items on next month’s agenda:  next year’s budget, plan changes, and The Commons Parking Study.   Mr. Ebert asked to have the signage at the Habaneros lot on the agenda.  Ms. Stallman asked to add “How we can counter the negativity about parking.”
9.      Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 9:33 a.m.                 

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