Augusta city officials are trying to work out a solution for downtown parking.
As we first reported, Augusta Commissioners have decided to hold a workshop with those downtown to try and come up with a parking plan.
The current two-hour limit is not being enforced after complaints from a number of merchants who want to park near their stores. But, city leaders say, in the long-term, a parking plan that could include meters could be on the way.
“The turnover is necessary to provide for business people, for people to shop in their shops, and we need to figure out a way to help the people who are working down there, too. But, those things don't come cheap and, at some point, you're actually talking about paid parking,” says Augusta City Administrator Fred Russell.
No date has been set for the parking workshop.