Reporting Sandra McNeill
FERNDALE (WWJ) – Ferndale City Council has made a pro-active move as the city’s new parking system continues to draw complaints. Council decided Monday night to offer free parking in the city until March 11, when Council will reconvene to address the issue again.
The City Council heard an earful from residents and business owners about the new pay for parking system.
Complaints about the new parking system have included from long lines at the pay stations that have replaced standard parking meters — along with a rate hike to park in the city.
Business owners cited a decrease in business connected with the new parking system. “We’ve been beat up,” said one business owner describing the affect on his children’s clothing store.
Council said they had raised parking rates in line with other nearby cities like Royal Oak and Birmingham.
One Oak Park resident got a round of applause when she told Council that she moved to the area to be near Ferndale – not Royal Oak or Birmingham.
Conceding that they have a mess on their hands – the council deemed it best to put off the issue until March 11 and offer free parking in the city until that time.