Parking changes sought in city

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March 27, 2005

Last week's question: Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has proposed an overhaul of parking policies that include increasing parking meter rates from 50 cents to $1 on all streets; allowing city residents two hours of free parking at all three city garages; adding two ticket-writers to step up enforcement; and using new revenue to increase shuttle service between downtown and satellite parking lots at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

A city task force also discussed reducing the two-hour time limit on some downtown meters. Moyer said the city needs to do more to keep tourists from parking on residential streets.

But some fear the new rules will create a perception of inaccessibility that will shift shoppers to nearby retailers with more expansive parking lots. And residents near the stadium worry about more drivers in their neighborhoods late at night.

Proposal is fair, safe solution for residents

I support both Mayor Moyer and the Parking Pricing Committee in their proposal advanced to date. Parking for both the residents and businesses is a longstanding problem, and the proposal represents a fair means to resolve many of the issues.

From a resident's standpoint, it is vital that our streets become more available to us for parking, particularly at night and on the weekends, and the proposal, with stepped-up enforcement and selected streets for residents-only parking, moves nicely in that direction.

Meanwhile, the proposal also offers safe, convenient parking for tourists and business people.

Henry Fradkin Annapolis

Theater-goers urge Sunday bus service

We and other senior citizens attend Sunday matinee shows at Colonial Players in Annapolis. Parking and walking tend to be a major problem. If stadium bus service could be arranged at specified times, before and after the theatre shows, it would assist all concerned.

Thank you.

Lou Herrmann Severna Park

We want your opinions

ISSUE: Anne Arundel County delegates Friday changed gears on the question of elected school boards, backing a compromise introduced by House Speaker Michael E. Busch, a Democrat.

Instead of asking voters to pick from among the current system and two alternatives, the new proposal would have a county commission nominate board members as seats become vacant starting in 2007. The governor would appoint the members, who would run unopposed in the next general election. This would mirror the method used to select judges for the state's highest courts. It represents a bipartisan compromise between delegates who favored direct elections and those concerned they would limit minority representation.

Currently, a nominating convention forwards the names of school board candidates to the governor, who makes the final picks but is not compelled to choose from the convention's selections.

YOUR VIEW: Should the General Assembly back the new proposal for picking school board members?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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