Paid parking not planned downtown
By Gene Kemmeter
Downtown Stevens Point will remain free of parking meters, as it has for about two decades.
Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza said Tuesday, Aug. 29, that the installation of a parking kiosk in a municipal lot was misunderstood by many Stevens Point residents and businesspeople who erroneously assumed the kiosk meant parking meters were being installed.
Wiza said the kiosk was installed in the lot between the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to govern overnight parking in the lot between 2 and 6 a.m., when all parking has been prohibited. Vehicles may park overnight at no charge in the municipal lot north of CenterPoint Drive between Third and Second streets.
The Stevens Point Common Council adopted changes to its ordinance governing parking Monday, Aug. 21, to authorize the installation of parking kiosks in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) area, along with the removal of parking meters located there. Those parking kiosks were installed last week and earlier this week, but won’t go into effect until Tuesday, Sept. 5.
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