ROTHENBURGER – How 107 downtown employees scored $55,000 parking stalls

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Meanwhile, our very own ‘backbench cheerleader” squares off with BC Green party leader Andrew Weaver on ‘bringing down the government’

ITEM: City of Kamloops announces that 17 more stalls in the new parking lot on the old KDN property have been reserved for monthly renters, bringing the total to 107.

Upon checking with the City, the Armchair Mayor is informed that there are now only 74 spots left for the public.

And while the public parking rate in the lot is only 75 cents an hour compared to $1.25 at the on-street kiosks, the City intends to reserve more of the parking lot spaces for monthly renters if there’s a demand.

Rationale being that the more monthly renters who use the new parking lot, the fewer will clog up on-street parking spaces downtown.


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3 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – How 107 downtown employees scored $55,000 parking stalls

  1. city just took private parking on stpaul street for homeless houseing about 100 cars put out to look for parking

  2. the city has done away with parking spots on every street ,easy why no one wants to go down town no parking ..

  3. Mel, those stalls cost us only pennies per day as we heard from a council member regarding another project planned for the same site.
    Try to think of it that way.

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