Committee To Discuss Future Of Parking In Kure Beach On Sept. 15th

Committee To Discuss Future Of Parking In Kure Beach On Sept. 15th

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 08 September 2020 16:58

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

KURE BEACH - The Kure Beach Parking Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the future of parking in Kure Beach. The meeting will be held via a conference call. The public can join the meeting in two ways:
Join a Zoom Meeting on your computer by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5215495865

The meeting ID is: 521 549 5865

Another way is to call  +1 646 558 8656 and enter the Meeting ID: 521 549 5865.

The Town of Kure Beach is the only municipality that offers free public parking. That could change following a vote of the Town Council on Monday August 17th, to explore a paid parking program using a private contractor similar to parking programs in Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach and the City of Wilmington.

Mayor Craig Bloszinsky explained, "After a long  period of time, I have in my hand a proposal for parking at Kure Beach for 632 spaces. When we started this journey we had not identified all of the parking spaces. Our police have enforced the parking issues. Now I think we are at a point in time when we should see if the Town will have any benefits associated with some type of parking program. The parking committee has been meeting for three years now. We have made progress. We are at a point where we can send out the RFP (Request for Proposals) which defines what we would like to do, what our goals are, and we will be asking others to provide their input if they have better ideas."

Bloszinsky explained, "The backbone of the current request essentially has us going to a type of payment so that we do not have meters sticking out at every parking place. So there will be more to come but we are not trying to become encumbered with all types of equipment. I would like Council's approval to send out the RFP and that would be my first request this evening."

Councilman Joseph Whitley made a motion to approve of the Mayor's motion. Another Council member seconded the motion.

The Council voted unanimously to approve the motion.

Bloszinsky said the Council will meet with the Parking Committee at a future meeting and they will work towards deciding upon which responding companies to the RFP that will be considered for approval to manage paid parking within the Town.

The decision is not final, and will undergo further review as private companies respond to the RFP. Then the Council will ultimately select the proposal they feel is best for the Town.

Bloszinsky said during the meeting there are at least 10 firms interested in submitting proposals. He added, "At the next meeting I will propose what the process and the dates might be. We will meet with the Parking Committee and to come up with who the candidates might be. I would like your approval for us to go ahead to select the candidates for this RFP, and then we will put together a calendar of events so that we can decide probably prior to the end of the year so we can execute next year if we so deem to execute if it makes sense."

He added the list could be narrowed down to five companies prior to Council making a final decision but it would not be a Parking Committee selection.

To view the RFP, visit https://townofkurebeach.civicweb.net/document/7095

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