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Parking Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes ­ Thursday, May 25, 2000

Parking Advisory chairperson David Cowan convened a regular meeting of the Parking Advisory committee at 11:03 AM on Thursday, May 25, 2000 in the Student Senate's Conference Room (Student Union Room #280).

Regular PAC Members Present ­ 5 of 6 members
1. Rose Marie Ley AFSCME Council 6, Local 638 Representative
2. David Cowan Administration Representative
3. Catherine W. Hughes MSUAASF Bargaining Unit Representative
4. C. Rhys Gaffer Off-Campus Student Association Representative,
5. Ian Radtke On- Campus Student Assn. Representative

Regular PAC Members Absent ­ 1 of 6 members
1. Steve Gilbert IFO Faculty Association Representative

Ex-officio, Nonvoting ­ Members Present ­ 4 of 7 members
1. David Neve Business Affairs Representative
2. Sue Edstrom Parking and Traffic Services Coordinator
3. Kate Voight Parking Citation Appeals Board Liaison
4. Diane Solinger Residential Life Office Representative

Members Absent ­ 3 of 7 members
1. Christopher Goettl Residence Hall Association Representative
2. Larry Kohanek Facilities Mgmt. Planning & Construction Manager
3. Scott Hagebak Conference Scheduling Representative

Others in Attendance
1. Nathan Lueck PAC Recording Secretary

Approval of Minutes of Prior Meeting
The meeting minutes of the PAC's May 18th session were approved as corrected.

Consultant's Report
David Cowan informed the PAC that Lot 7 is officially going to be Summer Gold, regardless of the fact that it was free summer parking in the past. The next topic discussed was Issue 47 of the consultant's report, which concerns the parking layout of Lot 16. Maps of the current and proposed striping schemes, courtesy of Sue Edstrom, were distributed to the committee members. After review of the maps, the consultant's Option #2 looked to be the most viable. The committee discussed several modifications to this option, including one that would move the inside row gaps inline with the driveway on Birchwood Street. However, this change seemed as if it would make signage and enforcement more complicated.
Diane Solinger moved to recommend to the Administration that Lot 16 be re-striped to conform with a modified version of the Consultant's Option #2. The modification would convert the gold permit strip in the southwest corner to green. This modification would turn 17 gold parking stalls into green stalls. The committee felt that 473 green stalls, and 96 gold stalls, was a better combination, Motion passed.

Residence Hall Parking
The committee reviewed the need for two meter stalls to facilitate loading /unloading needs outside of Crawford B Hall and McElroy E Hall. Sue Edstrom stated that the goal should be to come up with a proactive solution to the problem of students parking on the roadway, which can block service and delivery vehicles. Solinger endorsed an earlier PAC decision to put two meters in the Lot 14 green permit strip. In addition, the Campus Advisors could inform the residence hall students to use these meters for loading and unloading purposes.

Yellow Guest Permits
Kate Voight presented statistics concerning the distribution of yellow residence hall guest passes for the three halls.

Number of off-campus students using guest passes
Gage: 27 out of 725
McElroy: 22 out of 420
Crawford: 54 out of 540

MSU students are not to be issued yellow guest permits; such permits are for non-MSU visitors only. Crawford was believed to have the highest rate of failure (10%) because it has the oldest population of the all the residence halls, and it is more likely to have MSU residence hall students trying to get other MSU students to spend the night. The committee came up with several factors that would cause these misallocations. They include: illegible names, missing or out of sequence permit numbers, and incomplete forms. The committee felt that these numbers would improve if the desk manager had more training in this area and up to date rosters at their disposal. It was noted that the failure rate for this semester was lower than in the past, however.

PAC Long Term Planning Meetings
The committee decided to continue getting together once a week as an informal "work committee" setting with no formal minutes. The committee members that are unable to attend will need to find a proxy in order to keep representation complete. The PAC will have its first long term planning meeting next Thursday to determine a focus. Cowan noted that representation from both the Faculty Association and the Student Association would be limited due to vacation and current member PAC vacancies C. Rhys Gaffer would like to start the procedures necessary for him to be appointed to the PAC, effectively replacing Jesse Palmer.

The next regular meeting was set for Thursday, June 8 at 1:00 PM. (Long Term Planning Work Group can meet on Thursday, June 1 at 1:00 PM in the Student Senate Conference Room.) Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Nathan Lueck, PAC Recording Secretary