Nov 17, 2014 2:27 PM

Portsmouth, NH, City Council to discuss several parking issues

PORTSMOUTH - A number of parking issues are scheduled for discussion at the City Council meeting Monday night.

Free holiday parking, a seasonal parking permits program, parking garage negotiations and winter parking are among the items on the agenda.

The holiday free parking would run from December 15 to January 2. During that time, the city estimates that it would lose $126,000 in meter revenue and parking violation fees.

The city again plans to offer a seasonal permit parking program for downtown that uses 51 parking spaces
at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company Lot. Permits cost$25 per month per space.

In the first three months of last year's program permits for 50-70 percent of the spaces were bought and in the last two months, they all were bought and a wait list was established.
Feedback from permit holders was uniformly positive.

The city also plans to continue for 10 years, an agreement with Strawbery Banke Museum for residents to park for free in its lot during snow bans.

The purchase of land for a new parking garage at 165 Deer St. is scheduled to be discussed in nonpublic session.


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