Paid parking starts this Sunday, March 1st.
The wonderful parking manager Sylvia Mullally will not here for the start of the paid parking season and she has not been replaced. Maybe the recent pay increase for the position will fill the spot sooner. What does this mean for the parking department? Who will be taking over the duties she so magnificently performed? Parking prices, and the lack of parking, are issues that hit home for all residents and everyone who does business in Lake Geneva.
Lake Geneva once had a parking committee. No more. The discussion of implementing a parking committee again has started. There’s more than just that to complicate the revenue collecting parking season, there’s the likely increase of parking rates to $2.00 at every metered parking stall and the increase of metered hours from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. The money and time issue has been pushed to the next city council meeting in 2 weeks. Paid parking starts on March 1st and the parking department is making sure everyone is aware. The small staff that makes up the department, minus a manager, is handing out flyers around downtown to remind business owners. It’s also asking them to display them in the windows, or a visible location, to remind the patrons of their stores and anyone passing by.
Resident stickers are available at city hall. Applicants will need their vehicle registration and current proof of residency to get a sticker. Resident stickers are free, non-resident property owners are also free. Being a resident is a huge benefit when it comes to parking. Business owners in the City of Lake Geneva pay $50.00 a sticker and are allowed up to two. Walworth County residents will need to pay $160.00 for a sticker. This sounds like a lot but if you work in Lake Geneva and pay to park a minimum of two hours a day, five days a week, your cost would be $740.00. Parking lot passes are also available at a price of $400.00, and that sticker includes the flexibility to transfer vehicles. Permit holders are issued a sticker that is registered to their vehicle allowing a two-hour block of parking time that can be used at different stalls. Paid parking is not something people look forward to but it’s a great sign that the winter season is almost over and spring is near.
The latest from the Sprague Theatre.
The theater in downtown Elkhorn will be performing Barefoot in the Park this weekend February 28th through March 1st. Friday and Saturday’s shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s matinee is at 3 p.m. The show is a hilarious comedy about newlyweds who seem to have everything go wrong after they return home from their honeymoon. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.lakeland-players.org or by calling 262-728-5578.
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