At Monday’s regular council meeting, council unanimously approved a request for free metered parking during certain days in the Christmas season.
The request came from Brian Martynook, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the chamber to offer free two-hour metered parking to promote shopping in Moose Jaw during the Christmas season as it was done for the past number of years.
The engineering department estimated a loss of between $13,000 and $14,000 in parking meter revenue because of the granted request. The dates council approved for free two-hour metered parking are Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 24.
Council also authorized a waiver of article 7.2(1)(c) of the city’s traffic bylaw for those specific dates. All other provisions of the traffic bylaw, such as enforcement of the two-hour maximum parking time, will continue to be enforced.
Other items considered during Monday’s meeting:
• Coun. Brian Swanson gave notice of a motion for the next council meeting that administration prepares a report for executive committee by the end of April 2013 “outlining alternatives for the conduct of the next municipal election.” Those alternatives are to include, but not be limited to the following: increasing the number of polling stations to 15 or 18, setting days of operation for a city hall poll, replacing voting machines with traditional hand-counting paper ballots, having a series of candidate forums and providing free transit service for election day.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.