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September 2, 2011


  1. Approve Order of Agenda;
  2. Minutes (Regular meeting of June 3, 2011);
  3. Recap of Great Northern Parking Conference;
  4. Discuss DRP3 Red Zones;
  5. Main Avenue Corridor Study;
  6. Update on Street Fair;
  7. Review Operator's Report; and
  8. Other Issues.


Chairperson Commissioner Williams called the meeting to order. The Commission members and staff introduced themselves.

Item 1: Minutes: Regular Meeting of June 3, 2011
Mr. Engen moved the minutes of the June 3, 2011 Parking Commission meeting be approved. Ms. Walvatne seconded the motion. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Recap of the Great Northern Parking Conference
The Commission reviewed the outcomes of the Great Northern Parking Conference. Senior Planner Bob Stein noted that the presentations from the conference were available on the Fargo parking web site. He stated the conference will be held in Winnipeg in 2012 and will return to North Dakota for 2013.

Item 3: Discuss DRP3 Red Zones
Mr. Stein reminded the Board of the history and current usage of the Downtown Residential Parking Permit Program (DRP3). He stated that the Community Service Officers (CSOs) have suggested some areas that might benefit from being a part of the DRP3 area. He distributed a map of the current program noting that the red zones shown are places where the permits are not valid. The Board reviewed the occupancy in the current red zones and discussed whether to change their status. Mr. Stein clarified that the permits only allow residents to be exempt from daytime parking time limits.

Ms. Walvatne moved to allow residential parking permits in the current red zones on Roberts Street North, subject to Government Safety Administration approval of their block. Mr. Engen seconded the motion. All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 4: Main Avenue Corridor Study
Joe Nigg, with the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG), reviewed the status and scope of the Main Avenue Corridor Study that is anticipated to be completed by November 2012. He stated the section of the corridor that is being evaluated begins on 25th Street in Fargo and extends to Dilworth’s Hwy 10. He noted the key point of the corridor study is a land use component that will identify potential areas for development along the corridor and how that future development will impact transportation.

Mr. Stein pointed out that the Parking Commission took a broad view of its role in downtown development and that they would like to see the area between University Drive and the river along Main Avenue made more bicycle, pedestrian, and transit friendly. The Board asked Mr. Nigg to provide periodic updates and to keep them informed on public input meetings.

Item 5: Update on Street Fair
Mike Hahn with the Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) reviewed the attendance data for the street fair in July 2011. He noted that the high humidity and temperatures on Friday and Saturday combined with the storm Friday morning reduced the overall attendance. He noted that the fair would be held July 19-21 in 2012.

Item 6: Review Operator’s Report
John Rogne from Parking Service, Inc. reviewed the totals for July and August of 2011 and noted that parking during the street fair had been down ten percent over 2010. The Commission discussed the totals and how North Dakota State University (NDSU) students impact the parking system. Mr. Rogne noted that some students were taking advantage of the discount available at the Island Park Ramp.

Item 7: Other Issues
The Board Members discussed bicycles being tagged as abandoned and then impounded. Mr. Stein explained the current procedures. Ms. Walvatne suggested there be a way to either mark the bicycles or leave a contact number on the tags would help daily bike commuters avoid receiving those notices.

Mr. Engen suggested that a mid-block crossing be added in the 600 block of Northern Pacific Avenue. Commissioner Williams stated he would bring it to the attention of the Public Works Project Evaluation Committee (PWPEC) next week. He reviewed the upcoming Streets Alive events.

Planning and Development Director, Jim Gilmour reviewed a presentation on suggested transit route changes and improvements. He explained the priorities, particularly increased frequency in the NDSU, West Acres, and in Moorhead. He explained some of the proposed route changes will improve existing routes and help reach areas currently underserved.

Mr. Gilmour stated that the transit consultant discouraged a downtown circulator bus. Commissioner Williams asked if funding from the Downtown Community Partnership would change that recommendation. He noted business owner buy-in would create an interest in making sure the circulator was successful. He noted that a public input meeting will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2011.

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 9:28 a.m.