A plan to install parking meters throughout Bloomington's downtown area is drawing heated opposition from residents and business owners in the college town.
The plan's opponents complained at Wednesday's city council hearing that adding paid meters would be a costly burden at a time when the economy continues to struggle. The council is scheduled to take an official vote on the plan Feb. 6.
The Herald-Times reports that Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan's plan would meter most of the downtown area. City public works director Susie Johnson says that's because metering specific areas could put an undue burden on areas that would remain free.
Jim Bradley of O'Child Boutique says the city needs to be very careful it doesn't harm the local economy in search of "a quick buck."
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