A traffic firm will
count cars and provide parking suggestions to the city
Photo by Mark Justesen
— Many consider the Town Center and its
array of businesses a welcome addition to
Mequon, but it doesn’t take long for any
discussion to get around to one topic:
Whether it’s poor planning, suburban
expectations of easily finding a spot or
simply being a victim of its own success,
there certainly are times when parking your
car can be a challenge.
officials are confident the situation will
get better as the Town Center continues to
evolve and the city takes steps to solve the
a lengthy and sometimes-contentious
discussion May 9, Mayor Dan Abendroth had to
break a tie Common Council vote to authorize
spending $50,598 to conduct a detailed
parking and traffic analysis of the Town
Center developments and adjacent civic
Aldermen Mark Gierl, John Hawkins and Glenn
Bushee voted no. The vacant 7th District
aldermanic seat was considered a no vote,
resulting in the tie.
Cedarburg-based Traffic Analysis & Design
Inc. will conduct a study this summer that
will count traffic flow and actual cars in
parking spots in differing scenarios that
will consider peak-use times at the Town
Center, as well as at the nearby city
swimming pool and baseball field. Its report
will include recommendations on ways to
improve traffic flow and parking.
decision to authorize the bigger study
followed TADI’s presentation of an initial
report that gauged parking use through a
variety of “table-top exercises” that did
not actually involve counting parked cars.
report drew criticism from John Leszcynski,
who wants to build a restaurant on the site
of the now-closed Logemann Community Center.
He called the initial report “very
one-sided” and pointed to what he called
discrepancies between the information in the
report and the conclusions.
long as staff is opposed to this restaurant,
you’re going to have to muddle your way
through all of this misinformation,” he
said he wasn’t going to vote to spend more
money on another parking study.
of this was garbage-in, garbage-out,” he
said. “It’s just a way that Backwoods Pub
and Grill (Leszcynski’s plan) doesn’t get in
this spot. Go ahead and spend the money.
It’s not our money, it’s the taxpayers’
money, but I’m not voting for it.”
Hawkins, who opposed the second phase, said
he did not think it would be money wellspent.
very premature to be spending $51,000 on an
actual count when we could use the money to
increase the parking we actually have,” he
Alderman Rob Strzelczyk said he was not
thrilled with the initial report, noting
there were “some pretty decent holes poked
in the data.” He added, however, that it is
important for the council to base its
parking decisions on hard data.
struggling to make any decision based on
this,” he said. “But, we’ve got to get this
right; we’ve got one kick at the can.”
that vote, Abendroth reminded aldermen that
Foxtown Ventures – a group of four community
leaders who have proposed raising $4 million
to $7 million to fund improvements to the
pool, baseball complex and other civic
campus amenities – said in an email it would
wait for the parking report “before further
evaluation of our proposal.”
the final vote was taken several minutes
later as the officials met as the Common
Council, Alderman Dale Mayr changed his vote
from no to yes, clearing the way for the