The City of Pasadena may terminate the 90-minute free parking privilege at the nine city-owned public parking structures by charging a minimum fee of $ 1, effective July 2022, to fund repairs and repairs. maintenance of installations.
This is what the Department of Transportation recommends after a recent assessment showed that all city-owned parking structures are in need of repair and that most of the repair work must be completed by the end of the year. year 2024 to maintain these facilities. in operation.
Funds for these repairs are not – and will not be – available unless the City increases parking rates.
The new recommended parking rates are $ 1 for the first two hours, $ 2 for each hour thereafter, and $ 12 for the maximum daily rate.
The assessment by engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE) Associates Inc. identified more than $ 12.15 million in needed repairs across the city’s garage portfolio. About $ 9.5 million of these repairs are expected to be completed in 2024.
The assessment showed that the priority for urgent repairs was based on the age of the current equipment that needs to be replaced and the parts of the structures that need to be repaired to ensure the future viability of the structures.
Some of the work to be done before the end of 2024 includes repairs and updates to carbon monoxide exhaust systems at three city-owned garages, upgrading cars and aging elevator systems. in eight garages, the installation of a new roof covering in a garage, and the improvement of the lighting systems in the nine structures.
The recommendation of the transport service will be taken up by the municipal services committee of the municipal council on Tuesday, October 26, before being taken up in plenary meeting of the municipal council on Monday, November 1.
Pointing out that the City’s Parking Garage Fund (Fund 407) does not have funds for necessary repairs, the Department said parking rates in City garages have remained stable over the past 20 years. , while spending – mostly on salary increases, materials and supplies, and the cost of repairs and upgrades – has grown by about three percent per year.
“Fund 407 closed fiscal 2020 with a balance of $ 429,186, a decrease of approximately $ 5,000,000. Fund 407 is expected to close fiscal 2022 with a negative fund balance of $ -1,519,796, ”the transportation department said in a report on the city council agenda.
The report also states that transportation department staff will work with local businesses near municipal garages to create a validation program so that these businesses can provide parking for their customers. The Ministry has also carried out outreach efforts to engage the local community and business owners and collect inputs to propose recommended actions.
The report says that if the recommended changes are approved, the Parking Garage Fund could potentially increase by about $ 2.9 million per year.
Department of Transportation staff will explain the details of the recommendations at Tuesday’s municipal service committee meeting, which begins at 4 p.m.
Members of the public can access the meeting through http://pasadena.granicus.com/