Cincinnati council and administrators spent much time last year negotiating and defending in court a parking lease with the Port Authority. Now a new Council is ready to vote on a motion to undo that plan and replace it with something different.
City Council will likely vote Wednesday on a couple motions related to parking in the city. The Neighborhood Committee approved the items Tuesday.
Council member Kevin Flynn supported the proposals.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Friday discussions are still taking place on the future of the city's parking system. He announced his plan earlier this week that would keep the city in charge, upgrade all meters and use the additional revenues for basic services.
Cranley said the first step in the process is dropping or revising the previous parking lease agreement with the Greater Cincinnati Port Authority.
Cincinnati Council could be asked to vote on the latest version of a plan that will impact parking in the city. There's a motion that would officially end the prior parking lease with the Port Authority that's been on hold since November.
The new proposal would upgrade city parking meters and garages, but the city would maintain full control of all assets instead of leasing them to the Port, which in turn would have turned day-to-day operations over to private contractors.
Mayor John Cranley said there'll be local control of all decisions.
The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority has released details of its “substantially completed” agreements with two private companies to operate Cincinnati’s parking meters, five downtown garages, and three surface parking lots.
The Port Authority’s agreement with Xerox State & Local Solutions is for 10 years, with a provision to extend it for up to two 10-year periods thereafter. Xerox will operate and maintain 4,900 parking meters in downtown Cincinnati and the city’s neighborhoods.