Speak Out about New Parking Fees at Council Hearing

New proposed parking fees -- as well as a whole new metering system -- are up for discussion this week.

Parking meters on Main Street have been on the minds of residents and merchants of the Historic District and Tuesday, they will be on the agenda for the County Council's monthly public hearing. 

Residents can give their input into the new plan and how much they think parking should cost at the new meters.

Are you in favor of parking meters on Main Street? Tell us in this poll.

The council will also be discussing a new parking meter fee schedule in which the cost to park at some locations could go up by 25 cents per hour: 

Location of ParkinMeters    

  ParkinMeter Fee  

George Howard Complex

UP TO $.25 per hour per space

Ellicott City Post Office Lot

[[$.25]] UP TO $.50 per hour per space

Patapsco River Lot in Ellicott City

UP TO $.50 per hour per space

Maryland Ave. Lot in Ellicott City

UP TO $.50 per hour per space



Talbot Lot in Ellicott City

[[$.25]] UP TO $.50 per hour per space



According to a memo submitted to the Council by Public Works Director of Special Projects Steve Lafferty, the changes in meter rates, plus the additional monies from the new meters should generate $170,000 for the rest of this fiscal year and $219,400 next fiscal year.

Lafferty said in his memo that the revenues will be used to pay for the new parking meters. 

At a meeting last month, Diane Schwarzman, chief of the traffic engineering division, said she hoped the new parking meters would be installed this month.

County spokesman Kevin Enright said last week, however, that after the fatal train derailment over Main Street, the schedule may have to be delayed.

The hearing will take place at the George Howard Building on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. It will also be broadcast live online. Residents wishing to testify can sign up to speak or submit written testimony online.

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