Motorists parking in downtown Vernon will get a bit of a break.
Meter rates will remain at $1 an hour but parking in the parkade will drop from 75 to 50 cents an hour and there will also be some parking in the 29th Street lot for 50 cents an hour.
“It helps with providing alternatives,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe of the recent concerns that the $1 an hour rate on 30th Avenue is negatively impacting businesses.
The reduced rates at the parkade and the 29th Street parking lot will cost the city about $7,000 in revenue.
Coun. Brian Quiring says it was too late in the 2014 budget cycle to radically change parking policy, but he wants to see overall rates considered in future years as a way of supporting merchants.
“Right now we’re doing a disservice to downtown. Parking is just too expensive.”
Pickleball enthusiasts will have a place to gather in Vernon.
City council has approved the painting of pickleball court lines at the MacDonald Park tennis court for the 2014 season.
“Adding pickleball lines at MacDonald Park will make the courts multi-sport and will not exclude the playing of tennis,” said Doug Ross, recreation director.
It will cost about $1,500 to paint the lines.
City staff will also develop plans for potential projects that will further enhance the ability to play picketball and those plans will be considered during the 2015 budget process.