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where-to-park-090925.gifYour next parking ticket may be accompanied by a flier with this cheery little retro graphic.

Evanston’s Parking Committee this week agreed to ask parking enforcement officers to add the flier to parking tickets they pass out in the downtown area.

EvMark, the downtown marketing organization, is providing 10,000 copies of the fliers, which show the locations of the city’s three downtown parking garages and what it costs to park in them.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said she hoped the fliers would “say to people that we’re really not out to ticket you” and want people to know where they can park legally and inexpensively.

She said she’s heard residents compare parking officers to vultures and rabid bats. “Nobody believes we offer a 10-minute grace period on the meters,” Wynne added.

After the jump: Plans to raise monthly parking rates — but give shoppers a holiday break.

where-to-park-090925.gifYour next parking ticket may be accompanied by a flier with this cheery little retro graphic.

Evanston’s Parking Committee this week agreed to ask parking enforcement officers to add the flier to parking tickets they pass out in the downtown area.

EvMark, the downtown marketing organization, is providing 10,000 copies of the fliers, which show the locations of the city’s three downtown parking garages and what it costs to park in them.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said she hoped the fliers would “say to people that we’re really not out to ticket you” and want people to know where they can park legally and inexpensively.

She said she’s heard residents compare parking officers to vultures and rabid bats. “Nobody believes we offer a 10-minute grace period on the meters,” Wynne added.

The Parking Committee also voted to urge the City Council to repeat this year the free holiday parking program begun last year.

Under this year’s plan, scheduled for discussion at the Oct. 12 City Council meeting, drivers would be able to park for free in the garages after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The program would start Thanksgiving day and run through Jan. 2.

Parking chief Rickey Voss said the program would cost the city $41,000 in lost parking revenue, but will encourage people to come downtown to shop.

Chamber of Commerce head Jonathan Perman said the chamber and EvMark are already working on ad ad campaign to promote the plan.

At the request of committee member Paul Giddings, co-owner of Folkworks Gallery in the Dempster-Chicago shopping district, the plan was amended to include the Lot 60 garage on Chicago Avenue that serves that shopping area.

What the rates will be for monthly parkers in Evanston’s garages next year will be on the Parking Committee’s agenda for its next meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Anticipating a lengthy discussion, the committee moved up the starting time to 5:30 p.m. and voted to clear the agenda of any other items.

The City Council in 2005 adopted plan for periodic rate increases that calls for the rate to rise from $85 to $90 next year.

But Perman said that plan was adopted “at at time when the economy was much different and projections for use of the garages were much different.”

He said the committee needs to have a full report on the garages finances, which isn’t due from the city finance department until mid-October before it can have an informed debate about the parking rates.

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