Macon could develop new downtown parking plan

Macon is looking at developing a new parking plan for downtown, including the installation of parking meters and a permitting system for downtown residents.

Nigel Floyd, the city’s traffic engineer, told members of City Council that officials are discussing a contract with a vendor that would guarantee the city at least $150,000 in revenue. Any deal that is hammered out will still have to be sent before the council for approval.

Members of the Public Works and Engineering Committee did not look especially favorably upon the idea Monday, noting that a similar effort in former Mayor Jack Ellis’ administration did not work out. Many downtown businesses did not like the plan and were concerned that parking meters will drive customers away.