(City of Ferndale Press Release, Feb. 22, 2013)
The City of Ferndale has declared that free parking will be available in all parking lots and on-street spaces through Monday, February 25th. City Manager, April Lynch stated that, “the bottom line is that we need to provide the best product to our customers. We have heard their concerns and our committed to making sure these machines meets their needs.”
City staff will use this weekend as an opportunity to review the data that has been generated by the new pay machines. Loyd Cureton, the Director of the Department of Public Works explained, “These machines are able to provide us with a lot of information that was not previously available from the old mechanical meters. We can now have a better understanding of exactly when and where our peak hours begin, and where our highest traffic counts are”. Staff will use this data to assess what precise systemic improvements need to be made to reduce these long lines in inclement weather like today, to address the need for more lighting at the pay stations, and most importantly, to meet the service expectations of our residents, businesses, and visitors.
Editors note: Ferndale Council meets Feb. 25, 2012 and some residents say they will be there to share their concerns. Read our previous parking stories for more information at http://ferndale115.com/nuevo/?s=parking