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Questions are what I am left with after reading all available information on this potential Pilot Parking Program.

1) How much will "license-plate technology" cost?

2) What are the costs to the village for "enforcement officers" to actually enforce these new regulations? 

3) When counting these parking spots, are they accounting for all the cars already parked on our streets that are here close to shops and work? If there are permit cars left on the streets for days, the access to businesses grows even harder.

4) If you don't do the odd/even plan, snow removal is a problem, but leaf removal is also a consideration. The neighborhood currently rakes the leaves into semi-neat piles by the curb in the couple of days before collection and people manage to park around them. I don't know how we will be able to rake the leaves into the street if it is full of vehicles and how they can regulate when the cars are not able to park on certain sides for leaf pick-up.

5) I can't imagine that parking by the train stations won't increase (By all means, yay for public transit). But I think this will again impact business/restaurant parking. The well-deserving and well-attended Economy Shop will have patrons parking many blocks away.

I confess, I am a single-family homeowner and park my car on a parking pad. My concerns for street parking are mainly for visitors and work vehicles. I'm sure if I were a condo owner I would be stressed by the Oak Park parking situation. 

Let's work together, but please consider all the ramifications.

Kristi Sloniger

Oak Park

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