Letter: Thanks to parking task force

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Editor,

The discussion of the Levinson project beginning reminded me of a group of behind-the-scenes individuals who have been committed to the betterment of downtown without being recognized. I wanted to take a minute and thank the Downtown Parking Task Force members for their commitment and dedication to this cause and to the community.

The Parking Task Force was created to examine and address concerns that were expressed about parking in downtown Noblesville and consists of representatives from the City of Noblesville, Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Noblesville Main Street, Noblesville Common Council, downtown business owners, merchants and residents. The group was led by chamber President Bob DuBois, and I appreciate how each member brought a unique viewpoint to the table.

Since its formation, the group has compiled and evaluated a master list of parking issues expressed by the public and other stakeholders. It also reviewed hard data related to regulations, patterns, capacity, demand, accessibility, signage and the enforcement process and conducted a survey to gauge various options to help solve parking concerns.

Because of their perseverance, the City of Noblesville is here today with a plan to end the parking debate for years to come. There is still more work to do, not only with the parking garage as part of the Levinson project, but the changes coming downtown to replace old parking meters and future outreach, communication and signage. While we cannot solve each concern to everyone’s satisfaction, you have worked together to create solutions to progress the city forward.

Again, I thank each and every task force member for their hard work. I am excited to see where this next phase takes the city.

John Ditslear, mayor

City of Noblesville

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