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Does downtown Terre Haute need parking meters?

Could parking meters make their return to downtown Terre Haute? They’ve not been seen there since the 1980’s. However, lots of changes downtown has everyone there rethinking how recent parking issues could be solved.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 7:53 PM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2017 7:53 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Could parking meters make their return to downtown Terre Haute? They’ve not been seen there since the 1980’s. However, lots of changes downtown has everyone there rethinking how recent parking issues could be solved.

This includes Mayor Duke Bennett. “Ever since I’ve been in office, every once in a while that comes up, especially from downtown business owners.

Those business owners are split when it comes to parking meters. We can tell you a parking enforcement officer patrols downtown every weekday and hands out several tickets each day. However, that’s not stopping some motorists from parking their cars downtown for several hours. The tickets don’t seem to deter them from literally taking up space.

"I completely understand the issue. There are some cities out there who have gone in and done this, and then there are others who have looked at it and say ‘that’s just not for us.’ We need to go through that same process,” said Mayor Bennett.

Mayor Bennett says he plans to hold several public hearings regarding downtown parking, and he plans to include the business owners in whatever is decided. He says the city has several options when it comes to parking meters.

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