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Pay To Park Inside Courthouse Garage?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Journal and Topics
by Diane Turner-Hines

According to Cook County officials, beginning March 2014 a parking fee of $4.75 each day will be charged to the general public to park in the Rolling Meadows Cook County Courthouse garage across from Arlington Park on Euclid Avenue. To address the impact this may have on the city, Rolling Meadows officials are seeking resident input through a new survey. “The county intends to implement paid parking at courthouses by March 2014,” Owen Kilmer, a Cook County spokesman, said Thursday. “Under the proposal, the general public would pay $4.75 each day. Jurors, early voters, law enforcement on official business, and witnesses under subpoena from the office of the state’s attorney or the public defender are exempt and will not have to pay to park.” The parking fee proposal is part of the overall Cook County fiscal year 2014 budget. In the Cook County Finance Department’s budget overview, $3.8 million in revenue for total parking fees is estimated, including the initiative to institute paid parking at county courthouses. The courthouse parking fee is a slice of that revenue projection. However, in an effort to prepare Rolling Meadows residents and courthouse users, and enhance safety near the facility once the fees are expected to begin, Rolling Meadows police are surveying local residents for input on how to handle possible parking overflow. The survey noted, “those using the court facility may choose to avoid paying the daily parking fee and will seek alternate parking. The city streets that we expect to be affected are St. James Street from Wilke to Wren, Wren to Fremont and Fremont west to Jay Lane as well as Dove Street North to Campbell.” Police seek feedback from residents as to parking restriction solutions for the neighborhood and have offered the following options to select from that including: • posting “no parking on both sides of the street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on week days only” signs; • maintaining current parking restrictions and allowing parking on one side of the street; • posting “permit parking only” signs on side streets and issue fee based permits to non-residents, and no-fee based permits to residents, or residents’ guests; • or, install daily fee based parking devices on each corner, in essence allow parking, but charge a daily parking fee. Rolling Meadows residents can contact the police department to provide input at 847-870-9077. The county budget can be found online at home.cookcountyil.gov/budget/2014-budget-information.


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