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Village of Pewaukee considers metered parking

The Pewaukee Village Board is warming up to the idea of metered parking.

“Paid parking is still an option,” President Tom Calder said.

The idea was rehashed during Thursday night’s board meeting and, while no action was taken, they did ask the Planner Mary Censky to offer quotes for a parking study. An outdated study exists from a few years ago and doesn’t include recent developments, charged parking or the proposed parking area on Oakton.
So, they’d like to hire the village planner to research other communities, review anticipated village developments and analyze some costs.

“I think there is some merit in updating the information, certainly, but it won’t by itself answer a number of questions (the former) study itself raised ... There are questions like, ‘What is the village’s threshold,’ ‘What are the business owners, the existing property owners threshold in the downtown area … what will that impart on them?’”

Calder told the board that area businesses, along with Positively Pewaukee, were not in favor of charging for parking or felt pressure to tally up their own lots if public spaces are charging. 

Parking has been a hot button issue for the Village of Pewaukee for quite some time. Owners of the former BP site at 221 W. Wisconsin Ave., Tom Davis and Chris Trifilio, have been turned away twice by the planning commission because their restaurant plans didn’t have enough parking to placate the board.

“The planning commission is very aware of the issue of parking. I wouldn’t even say (that they’re) lukewarm, I would say they’re cold toward some of the proposals that come forward because of parking,” Trustee Cathy Baumann said.

The board is expected to hear quotes for the study from the planner during the next meeting, on Jan. 15. 

“It’s a very contentious issue,” Calder said.

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