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Shorewood School District offers public parking spots

Officials discuss opening 10 spots at Atwater

Nov. 27, 2012

Shorewood - Shorewood School District, in collaboration with the village, may soon offer additional public parking spaces in the Atwater Elementary School lot.

The School Board on Tuesday discussed a proposal to designate up to 10 more parking spaces in the lot, facing Capitol Drive, for patrons of area businesses.

Superintendent Martin Lexmond explained that although not directly tied to the matter, the Garden Room's proposal to raze a home in the area in order to construct a parking lot for its customers is what sparked his and Village Manager Chris Swartz's conversation regarding shared parking.

"I think anywhere where there's an opportunity to share parking … we don't need to pave more space to provide parking that's already there," Lexmond said. "Working out agreements that allow us to share makes all the sense in the world."

He said the specifics of the proposal, such as snow removal arrangements and liability insurance, have yet to be determined, but the idea is that the spaces would be available for public use from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on week nights and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, holidays and during the summer months.

The school lot already includes six, two-hour spaces for community parking during school days, as well as several reserved spots used in the evening by local residents, who pay a fee to the village to park there. The village then pays the district for those spots, Business Manager Mark Boehlke said.

Otherwise, during the regular school day the entire lot is reserved for Atwater staff, parents and guests, with approximately 55 staff members and 60 total parking spaces, according to a memo from Lexmond.

There would be no cost to the district to designate the extra spaces, and no charge to the village.

"I don't think there's any reason for us to ask for anything in exchange, other than being good partners," Lexmond said.

School Board members expressed support for the arrangement in their discussion. Lexmond said the Village Board also discussed the idea on Monday. No action has been taken.

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