Fees for parking in the city's two downtown ramps would take effect by the end of May if the City Council agrees to spend $98,350 on the necessary equipment.
The decision to end years of free parking in the ramps was made after a traffic study last summer. After expenses, the flat fee of $4 is expected to yield $221,000 this year.
Revenue should increase in coming years when the city will not have to make such a major outlay for equipment, according to Community Development Director John C. Drake, who headed the study.
At its meeting, shifted to Tuesday from Monday because of the Presidents Day holiday, the Council will be asked to approve a contract with Ber-National Automation of Rochester to install automated arms and ticket dispensers at the two ramps. The company hopes to have the equipment installed by May 1 but no later than Victoria Day. The Canadian holiday, which falls the week before Memorial Day, is considered the official start of the summer tourist season.
Also Tuesday, the Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on abandoning 180 feet of unpaved right of way on 86th Street from Rivershore Drive to the Niagara River.
City Council Chairman Anthony F. Quaranto said he has heard from only one resident who opposes the abandonment. The property would be divided between the two adjacent homeowners.
Quaranto said one of the houses is up for sale and a prospective buyer wants the property to build a garage.
The controversial proposal to raise taxicab fares does not appear on Tuesday's agenda.
After recent meetings with cab owners and operators, four Council members have agreed to support the increase.
But the resolution apparently was not ready by Wednesday morning's deadline for the Council agenda, said Councilman John G. Accardo, who organized the meetings.
He said the matter would be on the agenda of the Council's next meeting, scheduled for March 5.
The Council also will set public hearings on naming two streets in honor of native sons. A hearing will be scheduled for 7 p.m. March 26 in City Hall on conferring the name "Via Tommy Tedesco" on the main entrance to the City Market at 18th Street.
Two weeks ago, business owners opposed a proposal to rename East Market Street for the well-known guitarist because of the expense and disruption involved in changing their addresses on all their paperwork. They asked the Council to choose another street.
No businesses are located along the main entrance, and the right of way has no name.
Another hearing will be scheduled for 7 p.m. March 12 on changing the name of the three-block stretch of 15th Street between Centre and Beech avenues to "Aaron Griffin Way." Griffin was a founder and first executive director of the Niagara Community Center, which is located on that stretch of 15th Street. No other businesses or residents are located there.