Clarksville is holding a listening session about parking — but they didn’t invite anyone to attend

Clarksville is holding a listening session about parking — but they didn’t invite anyone to attend

Just before 4 p.m. Monday, the City of Clarksville quietly added a meeting to the events calendar for Tuesday at 5 p.m. — a “listening session” where they want to hear input from the public about the downtown parking options, except they didn’t tell anyone. In fact, at least one parking commission member was caught off-guard about the timing, as it happens at the same time the Mayor and one commission member have to be inside the City Council chambers for their own meeting.

So on Tuesday, at 5 p.m. the Mayor’s Parking commission will hold a listening session to decide the public’s input on parking, but the Mayor nor some of the commission will be in attendance, and they hope you won’t either, because they made no formal notice or announcement, despite promises from Parking Director Michael Palmore there would be a public outreach campaign to notify the public of the meeting, as he stated during a conversation last week when discussing the listening session.

The three options being considered are:

OPTION 1 – Utilize existing digital meters and offer the option to pay at the meter
(coins or credit card) or use ParkMobile.

OPTION 2 – Bring back analog meters and offer the option to use coins at the meter
or use ParkMobile for credit card transactions.

OPTION 3 – Offer on-street parking free (Parking Lots and Garages would use
kiosks or ParkMobile.)

The meeting will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Roxy Regional Theater at 100 Franklin Street.

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