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Paid parking may finally be a thing of the past in downtown

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Paid parking may finally be a thing of the past in downtown

That and talk about the we can rain chances lynchburg.

The city's parking authority held a special meeting this afternoon to discuss whether customers at the community market would have to continue paying for parking.

That's where we find wdbj7's toneshia watkins.

Toneshia, what did they decide?

Just over an hour ago, it was voted to table the discussion.

This means that paid parking will continue at the community market at least until the main parking lot is repaired.

It's a decision that many in the city will not agree with.

Including tom hayman...a vendor at the community market.

"i also do understand some people's frustration about the paid parking."

He opened grains of sense in the market last april, just before the pilot parking program began.

"i've had several people comment or complain that they wouldn't come down because of the paid parking or also it's confusion about not understanding how to use the meters."

Standup: "just last month the decision was made to end the paid parking program here on main street.

As you can see the meters have been removed."

However, at today's meeting the board voted to continue hourly paid parking and have another discussion later this year.

Hayman "i think it would be in the best interest of the market for the paid parking to go, but i do think there needs to be some measure of control out there to encourage turnover."

In june when the discussion continues, they will consider changing the spaces at the community market to pay by space instead of pay by plate.

Also at the meeting, the board discussed purchasing a mobile app that will allow the board discussed purchasing a mobile app that will allow customers to pay for parking on their smartphone.

That will be recommened to the city manager.

An update in smyth county tonight.




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