City increasing waterfront parking permits
The City of Pembroke will be hiking the cost of permits on three waterfront parking lots.
Council agreed this week to increase permits by $15 for the Cockburn, Fred Blackstein Road and Marina parking lots. The change is the result of a recommendation of the Parking Authority which had compared the city's present permit fees for students of Algonquin College with the fees offered by the
Pembroke Campus, itself.
The city had been charging $40 a month for students to park at any one of the three subject lots. A semester permit cost $165, while a year-long permit cost $266. For their campus lots, Algonquin College charges students $75 a month, $185 per semester and $299 for one year. With the new increase, student monthly permits at the waterfront lots will be $55, while the semester fee will rise to $180. The one-year fee will go up to $281.
Planning and building manager Colleen Sauriol told council that the Parking Authority felt there was a big difference between the city's monthly fees and Algonquin College monthly fees. The city was in the range with Algonquin College for semester and one-year student permit fees. She explained that by charging a higher monthly fee, Algonquin College is trying to get their students to purchase the semester or full year parking permits.
“According to Algonquin College, their parking lot was full this year,” said Sauriol. “Presently employees of the downtown core do not pay for parking at the Waterfront lots.”
Employees are provided with permits from the Pembroke Business Improvement Area. Sauriol added the Parking Authority felt that costs to maintain parking lots are constantly increasing. Based on the number of permits last year, this would increase the revenue by approximately $1,500 if the additional fee of $15 is charged. Out of the 100 permits sold last year, she noted that 62 permits were for either the semester or the year. The remaining 38 permits were monthly permits.