The City of Delaware is making changes to downtown parking that it says will help merchants and tenants.
“There are occasional abuses that create hard feelings and lost revenue for downtown merchants,” said Chief of Police Bruce Pijanowski in a March 10 memo to downtown merchants and tenants. “Changes will be coming throughout the year.”
For now, the memo said, 10-hour meters are in the process of being painted blue, and permits for the spaces will be transferable to employees or tenants.
“I would ask that two-hour spaces be reserved for use by customers and visitors who truly need short-term parking,” Pijanowski wrote. “Moving your car around the downtown area to avoid over-limit parking (and all of the other avoidance games) not only takes away spaces for customers, but also upsets your neighbors who depend on turnover to succeed. Everyone knows who is doing this, so please avoid creating the impression that you don’t care.”
At the recent State of the City address, City Manager Tom Homan said that he didn’t like that some people were using a loophole to stay in parking spaces longer than they are supposed to.
When a member of the audience asked about the lack of parking downtown, Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce President Holly Quaine said that was a good problem to have.
“The City of Delaware Parking and Safety Committee is currently in the process of reviewing downtown parking, and there will be more positive adjustments coming,” Pijanowski wrote.