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May 14, 2013 | 04:19 PM
Rich & Associates started its parking study in Lake Geneva this week.

The city hired the consultants for $26,325 in November last year to do a comprehensive parking study.

Rich & Associates of Southfield, Mich. were the lowest bidder of three finalists.

The city staff had its kick-off meeting with Annaka Norris, Rich's project manager, at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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Rich's consultants then did a walk-through of city public parking facilities.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the consultants met with business owners and in the eveing, an open house is scheduled for the senior room at city hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

All members of the public are welcome to attend and participate in discussion about the comprehensive downtown parking study being conducted by Rich & Associates.

The consulting engineers will continue to collect parking data on Thursday.

Friday will be a free day, but data collection will resume on Saturday.

Alderwoman Sarah Hill, who sits on the city parking commission, said the city wants the engineers to meet with residents from the Maple Park District and with representatives from the company that maintains the city's parking kiosks.

The parking study will also rely on a survey of parking users and field research and analysis of data generated by the new kiosk parking station system.

The study will take a comprehensive approach to parking in Lake Geneva, including the following areas:

Parking policy, such as time limits, permits, fees and fines; parking allocation for visitors, employees and residents; loading zones, handicap accessible spaces, and financing and capital improvements in the form of new parking, repairs to existing areas and signage.

Rich & Associates will evaluate each public lot to determine whether the lots need to be redesigned to increase capacity and improve traffic flow.

The study will be done over a 16-week period.

The project will conclude with a final report document and public presentation.

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