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Seeking New Parking Fee In Downtown Davenport

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DAVENPORT, IA – City Council and Police are looking to approve a five dollar charge at the Harrison Street Parking Garage. It would be enforced on Friday and Saturday nights between 10 p.m.  and 2 a.m.

Major Don Schaeffer of Davenport Police says, “We want a safe environment for people to come downtown. We want them to use it, we just want it as a safe environment.”

Schaeffer says there is a lot of loitering and tailgating inside the ramp after hours. The money collected from ramp fees will put two more officers on patrol.

“Obviously we want somebody who consistently is down there and targeting the area, where it’s not taking away from other people who are calling 9-1-1,” says Schaeffer.

Some downtown visitors don’t want to see this change. Franklin Wilkin, a resident, says, “It’s really nice that it’s free. People who are out of town want to be able to come down and be able to park – and this is a great place to. It’s right downtown, all the areas are close together.”

Another downtown customer is wondering whether this will be a solution to keep the loitering away. Kevin Hicks, says, “If they’re going to charge five dollars to better the city and make it a better area, I’ll pay the five dollars.”

Schaeffer says more police presence works as a great deterrent, that additional cops will make a safer nightlife in downtown Davenport.

Schaeffer says, “We’re getting spread out there. There are the main bars and there may be even more farther than that. We want to make sure the officers can patrol it. Make sure their presence is known.

The city and police want a safe environment for people to visit and live.

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