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Baseball parking meters, Sunset Heights parking zone vote this week

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POSTED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:48am

El Paso City Council is expected to straighten out some parking issues ahead of the April 28th opening day at the downtown Triple-A ballpark.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council will vote to set the rates for dozens of new parking meters going up west of Southwest University Park.

Earlier in the month, City staff introduced an ordinance designating West Franklin Street as a "Baseball Park District," and proposing higher fees for the roughly 75 new parking meters to be installed in the area.

Currently, parking for downtown meters is set at 75 cents per hour, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The proposed fees for the new meters along West Franklin would jump to $2.50 per hour and extend into Saturday. The new meters would also be active from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The downtown parking meters program is run by the City's International Bridges Department.

City Council will also give the thumbs up or down Tuesday to the formation of a new parking zone in the historic Sunset Heights neighborhood.

The zone, which would stretch from Yandell to I-10, comes in anticipation of increased parking demand due to the baseball stadium.

Under the proposal, street parking along certain streets in Sunset Heights would be restricted to residents from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The City has said the new restrictions would only go into effect at the request of residents.

According to a City spokeswoman, parking permits would cost residents $10 per vehicle per year, and the vehicle would have to be registered to the address.

The spokeswoman said residents would also be given two visitor parking passes.

Many streets in the area already restrict parking between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, particularly near UTEP and EPCC Rio Grande campuses.

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Sunset Heights is a historical district and many homes belong to the elderly and this goes for my mother who has lived there since 1947. We are a big family and visit her daily because she needs home care every day and does not drive. Restricting it to 2 passes is unjust and unfair since we gather for special occasions. Unable to park in front could put her in jeopardy in case of an emergency if we cannot find parking. The amount of passes should be reconsidered. D. Gonzalez

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