Lansdale authority OKs parking study

The borough's parking authority voted Wednesday to proceed with a comprehensive study of parking throughout the borough.
The study to be completed by an outside agency should be underway by the end of the summer, according to Dan Dunigan, chair of the authority and a member of borough council. He called the proposed parking improvements a crucial component of borough revitalization.

"We will do this study quickly," Dunigan said.

The study will be funded with money remaining from a recently repaid authority bond, according to Dunigan. He said approximately $5 million remains after bond holders were paid $3 million.

The management of current spaces and upgrades to related components like meters will account for the biggest functions of the study, according to Dunigan. He also said it would incorporate several suggestions made by Jake Ziegler, the borough's director of utilities.

Councilman Mike Riccio suggested that the study examine parking throughout the borough. He said it should look at all parking, public and private.

"This way we can determine what we have and what we need," Riccio said.

Ziegler recommended that the study go beyond the Madison Parking Lot. He also suggested that staffing, meter upgrades, signage, parking space design and enforcement issues be included.

Robert McDyre, chief of the Lansdale Police Department, told the authority that he figures the borough spends $10 to process a $3 parking ticket.

The study might also want to consider sites for future parking lots in the borough, according to Ziegler. He said several potential locations are near Main Street.

If the authority decides not build a parking garage at the Madison lot, several maintenance issues should be considered, according to Ziegler. He said the asphalt is extremely old and the concrete is crumbling.

"If you're not going to build a garage, this should be done sooner than later," Ziegler said.
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