Mile of Music parking proposal voted down

By Evan Kruegel, Local 5 News

Published 07/16 2014 09:47PM

Updated 07/16 2014 10:24PM

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - A resolution that would have allowed free metered parking during Appleton's Mile of Music festival has been shot down.

Council members voted 9 to 2 Wednesday night to deny the resolution.

The idea was introduced as a way to make downtown Appleton more inviting to festival-goers visiting for the first time, but the council decided against the idea, citing fairness issues for other events.

The resolution would have eliminated meter fees for the duration of the event, which brings in an estimated $3 million of economic activity.

But council members addressed challenges of getting parking spaces to turn over, along with the relative unfairness of waiving parking meters for this event but not others.

Alderperson Joe Martin, who introduced the idea, says it would make downtown more inviting to outside visitors, but the council majority chose against it.

"We're going to have so many different people here from all over Wisconsin they might come from different small boroughs," Alderman Joe Martin, Dist. 4 says, "and so they're not used to parking, and so all of a sudden we slap them with a $3 dollar fine, it's like a little black eye or beginning of black eye for the city of Appleton."

"Individually like this given the loss of income and the potential for other people to have the same thing," Alderman Peter Stueck, Dist.9, says."I just thought it was best to be able to keep it the way we have it."

Both aldermen say the idea should be included in the city's parking study which is now underway.

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