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Published February 13, 2012, 06:55 PM

City of Moorhead to study parking issues

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Moorhead is once again taking a look at parking issues around MSUM and Concordia, but some in the city are wondering if anything will even come from the $35,000 study.

Moorhead is once again taking a look at parking issues around MSUM and Concordia, but some in the city are wondering if anything will even come from the $35,000 study.

Just 4 years ago another study on the parking around the two colleges came up with some suggestions for improving the situation but no action. So yet another study, costing around $35,000 has some wondering if anything new will be done.

Jacie Driggers – Comstock Neighborhood Resident: "I don't think any of the recommendations were taken into account because the same problem still exists."

In some ways parking in front of Drigger's house is worse. In fact where there were signs showing no parking from here to the driveway, those signs have been taken down and never put back up after the construction of this road.

The previous parking study had a long list of ideas on limiting student parking on city streets, from resident permits, to time limits to even meters. So why was there no action?

Lisa Vatnsdal – Neighborhood Services Manager: An issue of interest and possibly contention at that time, but it was recognized that you needed concrete, quantitative analysis rather than just here's what I think should be done.

Four years ago dozens of students turned out at city hall to make sure there side of the story was heard. Now consultants are back with a new plan after doing an actual count of cars parked on streets around the 2 colleges. Even with all the new data some solutions may be fairly simple.

Lisa Vatnsdal: "Some of the recommendations will be about greater enforcement of some of the rules that we already do have or strengthening them.

Back at the neighborhood between the two schools there is agreement.

Jacie Diggers: “You know if they're parking over the boundaries, ticket them, tow them, do something.”

Now the city wants public input on this latest study. Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 in the MSUM science lab they will be collecting public response.

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