Signs related to parking
are seen Thursday afternoon in downtown West Bend.
Nicholas Dettmann/Daily News
WEST BEND — West Bend officials have implemented
additional initiatives related to parking in the hopes
of making it more convenient for visitors and guests
travelling to the downtown area.
Members of the Downtown West Bend Business Improvement
District on Tuesday voted to allocate $1,500 for the
purchase of additional signs that will identify for the
public the locations of various areas available for
parking their vehicles.
“I was approached by Adam (Gitter) and Jay (Shambeau) to
put together a suggestion list and locations of
additional parking signs in the downtown area for
customer parking and public parking,” Public Works
Director Doug Neumann said.
Gitter is the Economic Development Manager and Shambeau
is the city administrator.
As part of the discussion, Neumann included a list of
locations where he and his staff planned to place the
signs. There will a total of 23 additional signs placed
throughout the downtown area, some as west as Seventh
Avenue while others will be distributed as far east as
the Wisconsin Street.
There will be some posted adjacent to the different
stalls located throughout downtown West Bend, while
others will be along the streets directing motorists to
Neumann estimated the total cost at about $1,200. That
projection includes the signs themselves, along with the
mounting surface the banding strap.
“The cost is just for the materials or the products
themselves,” Neumann said. “There is no labor charged
for this. I have discussed this with Jay and Adam, and
as the city’s contribution to this parking issue, we
would take care of the installation of these and assume
the maintenance responsibilities moving forward if this
is something you choose to do.”
Parking has been an ongoing dilemma that city officials,
as well as improvement district leaders, face.
There has been continued concerns among property owners and retailers
regarding the limited parking that is available in the
city’s downtown for customers.
In June, business improvement district leaders proposed
sending another letter as a reminder to retailers and
property owners that stalls in the immediate vicinity
are designated as tier one spaces, meaning they are
reserved exclusively for those who plan to shop and
In the past, there was a proposal discussed among
improvement district representatives about the
possibility of citing vehicles that belong to employees,
but officials eventually decided against it.
The sign spells out the word “parking,” along with an
arrow, and is colored green.
“Is there a way to make the sign to look like something
similar to what we have already started?” President Mike
There are some parking signs already posted in the area,
all of which are colored blue, and Husar wondered if the
colors could be altered to match the existing signs.
However, Neumann referenced the green color is
appropriate for placement in the areas according to
Some members persisted, and Neumann said there is a
possibility for changing the color to blue, which is
what the members preferred.
“I think it is an investment that we need to make,”
Anthony Jasen said.