In the continuing effort to unravel issues of parking and traffic related to Oregon State University’s growth, the questions still outnumber the answers.
Tuesday night the parking and traffic workgroup of the Collaboration Corvallis project between OSU and the city brought in high-level city staff to participate in a meeting at the Osborn Aquatic Center.
Police Chief Jon Sassaman, Public Works Director Mary Steckel, Finance Director Nancy Brewer and Community Development Director Ken Gibb added their expertise to the pool of knowledge and answered questions forwarded to them by the workgroup.
And the city staffers came prepared with questions of their own.
Key topics addressed were parking enforcement, costs associated with creating new parking districts, permit strategies and whether parking meters or permits are more cost-effective.
Questions city staff posed concerned the size and location of expanded or new parking districts and systems for permit allocation.
• The city issues about 18,000 parking tickets a year.
• It costs $120,000 to hire, train and equip a parking enforcement officer, including $26,000 for the scooter.
• The city hopes to receive a federal grant that will enable it to begin issuing citations electronically by January 2014.
Workgroup members agreed that expanding parking districts and working on paid off-campus parking issues were their highest priorities — and the ones that they will focus on as they approach a Feb. 28 deadline to come up with their next set of recommendations.
The parking and traffic workgroup is one of three that is meeting to work on neighborhood issues that have intensified along with OSU’s explosive growth in recent years.
The parking and traffic workgroup has set up an online survey that residents and business owners are requested to fill out and submit.
All homes and businesses within a mile of OSU’s center should have received a postcard with instructions on how to complete the survey.
Project manager Eric Adams said that some residents had reported difficulties calling up the survey. Adams has added a direct link to the survey at the collaboration website. See http://tinyurl.com/bxmeg4g and click on Parking District Survey on the right side.
The deadline to participate is Jan. 16.