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Let me offer a few ideas for President-Elect Anan Abu-Taleb's consideration regarding parking:

  1. Create I-Pass-like prepaid parking ticket accounts. Motorists choosing this "P-Fine" option will never suffer late payment penalties and will hardly notice the fines, just as I-Pass users hardly notice tolls.
  2. Issue three get-out-of-parking-jail-free coupons with each village vehicle registration. Coupons can be submitted in lieu of fine payments. Coupons can be electronically attached to P-Fine accounts.
  3. Hold a monthly contest with a $100 prize for identifying the stupidest Oak Park parking rule. Let's start with ticketing folks for parking outside the bagel shop at 5:30 a.m. in violation of the "overnight" parking ban.
  4. Instead of ticketing first-time, out-of-town offenders, put a flyer on their car that says, "Thanks for visiting Oak Park. Unfortunately, our parking regulations are complicated. Please consider using our parking garages. Here's a 50%-off garage parking coupon for your next visit. Hope to see you soon."

Bob Stigger

Oak Park

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A little too outside of the box, but a dialoge has begun  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 9:19 AM

How do you suggest we make up for the lost revenue? How about we just make the parking signs less complicated. Offer store owners a discount so they don't park in front of their stores. Offer 15 minute parking in front of the bagel store at 5am. Otherwise park at Holley Court garage.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 7:47 AM

How about running Oak Park like a business? We spend the money like it is our own - - ooops it is our money! Promote the worthy and get rid of the hacks! Send out one man to do a job - not six! Put off projects that are unfunded and probably un needed.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 12:32 AM

Bob, I am going to have to think a bit about new ideas. Your parking ideas are "out of the box" and that is exactly what the village needs!

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