Free Parking Extended Through 2013

Cleveland Heights will extend its free parking program through the end of 2013 to encourage patrons to check out the city's attractions.

Cleveland Heights City Council decided Monday to extend its free parking program through the end of 2013.

The program allows anyone to park at meters at no charge the last Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month.

"I think it's really simple: we did it and we found out that it works. Merchants really like it," said Mayor Ed Kelley.

He added that the last weekends of each month — usually the slowest for small businesses as customers tighten their belts until their next paycheck — have boomed at Cleveland Heights businesses since the program began in June 2012.

"And not only do they come the last weekend of the month and park for free, but they come back other times of the month," Kelley added.

"It gives people a chance to see other things about Cleveland Heights. And they might come out and decide to rent an apartment, or buy a house."

The city will lose between $30,000 to $40,000 in uncollected meter fares through 2013 with the program, but Kelley added that the investment is well worth it — and it frees police to pursue other crime instead of writing tickets.

The next free parking weekend is January 25 to 27.

Mojo January 17, 2013 at 09:51 PM
"And they might come out and decide to rent an apartment, or buy a house." Yes, unless they come one of the other 329 days of the year and fall victim to the over-zealous ticketing. Recently I visited Coventry for dinner and socializing, as I often do. I put four hours on the meter, but alas returned four hours and fifteen minutes later to find a ticket. I should know better. I have lived in the Heights for fourteen years. I am well-aware that Cleveland Height's finest will be there ready to pounce as soon as the meter runs out (or, according to the once publicized case of Josh Cribbs, BEFORE the meter runs out). Anyone who frequents Coventry has undoubtedly witnessed the vigilance of the ticket-writing operation. I get that meters serve a purpose, and tickets = revenue. I just don't understand why there is such a concerted effort to penalize people patronizing local businesses that sorely need our patronage. Aren't there more pressing crimes being committed in Cleveland Heights, that would be a better utilization of this manpower? The $40,000 works out to 2,667 $15 tickets. By the mayor's calculations this means they average 74 tickets per night! Something tells me this will increase during the non-free days to make up the $40,000. I take full responsibility for my parking meter transgressions, but for me it has finally become a matter of principal. Thanks for the free weekends, but I will miss the Coventry and Lee Road businesses the other 329 days per year.
e.p. frisbeeer January 26, 2013 at 05:12 PM
free parking is super cool and fun
Richard Hollis January 26, 2013 at 08:01 PM
How about permits for Cleveland Heights residents for a fair price, but they would be less expensive than having to feed a meter all of the time. You would have to figure out if it would be beneficial for you.
Nathaniel Brooks January 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM
In the course of a year these worthless swine have gotten me a total of three times. I know I know it was my fault for not filling the meter lol. I can tell you this much I won't be visiting any local businesses unless I'm walking. Considering the weather outside is so delightful, it probably won't be for a while. It's the principle. You as a patron are there to support a local business. However, you are not there to fund the local police department. Don't the pigs have some constant stream of revenue from which they can cover the costs of expenditures? Oh yeah, that's called taxes lol. The only reason they check the meters so vigilantly (you know the word that should be used to describe how they fight crime) is GREED.
Nathaniel Brooks January 26, 2013 at 11:32 PM
The police force is so corrupt and needs a revamping form the bottom up. This is literally one of the only jobs in today's economy that you don't need a college degree to participate. Why are they being held to a lower standard than the rest of us? It doesn't make sense, police should be held to the highest standard there is. The police rape, murder, steal, and bribe more than anyone. You remember that story out in Rocky River where the off duty cop and one of his buddies who was on duty shot that guy dead because he allegedly stole some jewelery from the off duty cop's wife? Yeah we never did hear anything else about that one. I guess they just swept it under the rug. Real crime fighters join the FBI or the CIA. Local cops are just garbage men with low I.Q's and that's how they see us the citizens, as garbage. It makes me sick to my stomach. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me three times, well now it's time to walk away. With friends like theses, who needs enemies? Hint: Anyone who purposely takes money out of your pocket is the enemy.


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