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Parking Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes ­ Thursday, June 22, 2000

Parking Advisory Chairperson David Cowan convened a regular meeting of the Parking Advisory committee at 1:08 PM on Thursday, June 22, 2000 in the Student Senate's Conference Room (Student Union Room #280).

Regular PAC Members Present ­ 4 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,

Regular PAC Members Absent ­ 2 of 6 members
1. Steve Gilbert IFO Faculty Association Representative
2. Ian Radtke On-Campus Student Assn. Representative

Ex-officio, Nonvoting ­ Members Present ­ 3 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

Members Absent ­ 4 of 7 members
1. Christopher Goettl Residence Hall Association Representative
2. Larry Kohanek Facilities Mgmt. Planning & Construction Manager
3. Scott Hagebak Conference Scheduling Representative
4. Diane Solinger Residential Life Office Representative

Others in Attendance
1. Nathan Lueck PAC Recording Secretary
2. Tom Bliese Theatre & Dance Professor

PAC Chairperson's Report
Committee Chair David Cowan reported, that consistent with recently approved PAC recommendations, that six parking meters were installed in these locations: 1) two meters in lot 11a up against the Student Union's west exit; 2) two meters in Lot 11 (one on the north end of Lot 11 and on its east end); and 3) two meters in Lot 14 to serve short-term loading and unloading needs of residents in McElroy E-Hall and Crawford C-Hall.

Cowan felt that a sign could be posted directing Lot 11a users who want to get into the Student Union to go to the building's new north entrance further down on the sidewalk. Many believe that the "exit door" facing Lot 11a is an entrance.

With regards to the parking meter rate switchover, Kate Voight recommended running an ad in the MSU Reporter and using the campus-wide electronic bulletin boards. The announcement will have to wait until everything was ready to go, Cowan reminded.

Performing Arts Lot 16 ­ "Rainbow Lot" to Lose Purple Permit Stalls
The PAC once again discussed the future parking stall striping scheme of Lot 16. The committee began by evaluating the usefulness of purple parking in Lot 16. Some committee members felt that the purple permit holders needed spaces in Lot 16 as badly as green and gold permit holders. C. Rhys Gaffer stated that purple permit holders should park in the peripheral lots, and then use free campus busing to get to around. The consultant reported expressed concern that Lot 16 be filled to capacity as often as possible to reinforce future arguments for additional lot capacity expansion through the purchase of adjoining private property.

Without purple, empty green spaces could start showing up - a "daytime green permit" for Lot 16 is always an option to ensure that vacancies are kept low during the workday. Gaffer informed the committee that he would like to improve campus transit so that someday resident hall students would not even have to bring a vehicle onto campus. Gaffer then moved to adopt the south to north row striping concept advocated by the Ground Maintenance Department and eliminate all purple permit parking from Lot 16. PAC members noted that landscaping for Andreas Theatre's parking lot side would force the relocation to traditional gold permit stall spaces of a number of handicap stalls, meters, vendor stalls, etc. Therefore, the elimination of purple permit stalls allows gold stall inventory to remain constant. Motion carried: 3 yes, 0 no, 1 abstaintion. Purple permit holders can still purchase a nighttime gold permit for $10 and park in the lot after 4 PM Monday-Thursday. Next, Hughes moved that a walkway be created as part of the striping plan which would run east to west directly in the center of Lot 16. It was pointed out that 14 more signs would be needed to block off the walkway, which would make snow plowing extremely difficult. Motion Failed: 2 yes, 2 no.

Ad Hoc meeting
On 7/1/00, Cathy Hughes, C . Rhys Gaffer, and Diane Solinger met and convened a work group meeting to discuss the mission statement, outline goals, and state the priorities of the PAC.
The committee agreed that their mission statement is "Our goal is to provide parking and transportation alternatives to meet the needs of the students, faculty, staff and guests of the campus." ­as printed in the Parking and Traffic Guidelines Handbook. The goals and priorities tie into this statement, but have yet to be defined individually.

General Reports
The PAC speculated that when the new Taylor Center opens, Lot 21 is scheduled to have "paybox" capability for cash customers. Also, when athletic events are taking place, a new source of revenue could be generated for athletics if they choose to cover all event costs. Music/theater events could charge for parking as well indirectly as a cost of the price of event and season tickets. David Cowan stated that this money could then be put towards acquiring properties near by to Lot 16.
David Neve reported that a 6' x 10' paylot booth has been picked out and he is waiting to receive quotes from interested vendors. Cowan noted that new sidewalks are know being poured for the South Ellis St. sidewalk project. This design will route pedestrians around the Paylot entrance, relieving congestion at the Ellis St./Stadium Rd. intersection

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Nathan Lueck, PAC Recording Secretary