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Monroe County Public Library Employees Worry About Impact Of Parking Changes

An updated parking sign outside the Monroe County Public Library,

An updated parking sign outside the Monroe County Public Library. (Seth Tackett/WTIU News)

The Monroe County Public Library will only have about one-third its current number of parking passes for employees starting in August.

The city currently allows the library 50 Zone 4 passes, which allow employees to park in a variety of places downtown, including a lot at Sixth and Lincoln, a parking garage and residential spaces.

But starting in August, the library will only have 16 passes for employees.

Director Marilyn Wood says the reduction primarily affects part-time workers.

“They’re worried,” she says. “They’re concerned about how they are going to get to work. They’re concerned about what options are going to be available to them. They’re concerned about simply finding a place to park.”

The library subsidizes the parking passes by covering 75 percent of their cost. Wood says now many employees will be paying significantly more for parking.

City Council voted in September to significantly raise residential, zone and downtown permit fees, starting August 15.

“I think it is really important for the community to understand and the city to understand what a community partner that we are,” Wood says. “We are here as a destination point for so many people and to be able to provide the services that we do, it requires our staff to be here.”  

Wood says the library is trying to provide additional parking and transportation options for employees by providing bus passes and a space to store bicycles.

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