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November 4, 2011


  1. Approve Order of Agenda
  2. Minutes (Regular Meeting of October 7, 2011)
  3. Discuss Parking System Organizational Structure and City’s Citation Process (Tracy Walvatne)
  4. Update on Marketing Strategies (Kim Citrowske)
  5. Review Operator’s Report (John Rogne)
  6. Other Issues: “My Summer Vacation” (Bob Stein)


Commissioner Williams called the meeting to order.

Item 4: Update on Marketing Strategies
Assistant Planner Kim Citrowske reviewed how staff had been working on marketing parking, specifically information on night parking and snow removal. She showed the Commission the new Facebook page for Fargo Parking. She explained that the page would evolve as needs arose. The Commission discussed how the previous year’s communication of these rules had gone and considered ideas for getting information to the public. They discussed lighting for the free parking signs for the various lots. Mr. Stein noted that night parking in the surface lots will pose a challenge for John Rogne with Parking Service while removing snow. The Commission discussed how to monitor cars that were taking advantage of the free overnight in surface lots parking to leave their vehicles in place for days, only moving outside of pay hours.

Item 1: Approve Order of the Agenda
Ms. Walvatne moved to approve the order of the agenda with Item Four relocated to the beginning of the meeting, due to lack of quorum. Ms. Bailly seconded the motion. All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Approve Minutes from the Regular Meeting October 7, 2011
Ms. Walvatne moved to approve the minutes from the October 7, 2011 regular meeting. Ms. Bailly seconded the motion. All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Discuss Parking System Organizational Structure and City’s Citation Process
Ms. Walvatne reviewed the flow charts for how the ticketing process currently works and where improvements could be made. She noted that she, Steve Sprague with the Fargo Auditor’s Department, and Kristi Sylskar with the Fargo Planning Department would meet again after today’s discussion to consider what recommendations could be made and implemented. Mr. Sprague agreed that one of the major issues was that issuing and handling parking tickets was spread through too many different departments. The Commission discussed where the concerns lay and how to address them. They considered how these concerns affect future decisions for software purchases and collection of outstanding fees.

Item 5: Review Operator’s Report
Mr. Rogne reviewed the report for October, 2011 and noted that the loss in renters for the Island Park Ramp was from the banks on either side trimming their totals. The Commission discussed upcoming retail openings and the use of Plenty of Parking (POP) tickets.

Item 6: Other Issues
Senior Planner Bob Stein reviewed his recent trip through South Dakota. The Commission discussed how Rapid City, South Dakota had addressed some of the same concerns that Fargo’s downtown faces, including parking, plantings, cigarette disposal, public art, and garbage/recycling. Mr. Stein explained how ticket issuance in that city had changed over the last five years. Commissioner Williams stated that Fargo might qualify for some public art funds and the Commission discussed sources and options for sculptures. Mike Hahn with the Downtown Community Partnership explained Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s sculpture contest from which they purchased pieces.

Commissioner Williams stated that the 1st Avenue and Northern Pacific Avenue Corridor study had been finalized. He noted that the streets would be removed for utility replacement in any case over the next few years. He stated that the decision would be made at the November 28, 2011 City Commission meeting. He noted that new traffic signal technology would allow for more control of left turns to keep traffic flowing.

Fargo Planning Director Jim Gilmour reviewed the Transit Development Plan and invited the Parking Commission members to a Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG) update meeting. He noted that the intent was to receive input and feedback before a final resolution and adoption was made. The Commission discussed how parking had been
integrated into new development downtown. There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 9:07 AM.