YOUNGSTOWN CIC's parking committee discusses policies for lots

Day-to-day and special-event parking are among the committee's concerns.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Downtown's redevelopment agency is talking about shaping up some of its parking lot policies.
The parking committee of the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp. talked Wednesday about policies for day-to-day and special-event use of its parking lots.
The committee addressed similar issues nine months ago but nothing came of the talk.
AMPCO Parking oversees CIC lots based on a month-to-month agreement made in 1999. CIC sought bids and selected AMPCO in 2001, but no contract was signed. The committee talked about establishing that contract.
Members also talked about a lack of control over visitor parking directly behind the CIC-operated George V. Voinovich Government Center. The small lot is for clients only. All others, such as lawyers and vendors, are supposed to pay the daily rate at the Higbee lot next door. That may not be happening, however, and the CIC may be losing revenue.
For special events
Special-event parking is another concern.
Committee members say it appears AMPCO is adequately managing CIC parking during events at Powers Auditorium, but they aren't sure. Also, there is no policy governing CIC lot use for special events at other venues, such as the nearby St. Columba Cathedral.
The committee plans to talk with AMPCO about all the loose ends that need to be tied up.
Committee members suggested a parking study that outlines all the lots downtown and who controls them.

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