Volunteers to the City who are on an Official Committee should get free parking within the City. This is not only an incentive for people to join a Committee but a small way of saying thanks to residents who volunteer their time to make the City better. There can be criteria (committee must be active, meet monthly and must attend X # of meetings to qualify) so that it is not abused. A yearly pass that you put in your window that expires at the end of the year can be used.

We volunteers on Committees meet monthly and put in many hours that are uncompensated. We do it to make our City better for us and everyone else. Getting volunteers to put in this time is hard - many say they want to help out, but few step up (understood, it is a time commitment that some may not have). As someone who has been on a Committee for a long time, I can attest to the fact that it is hard to get to people to join and often there are just a handful of us making the commitment. This would help us get people and be a nice gesture for those who are on there now.

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Jim Groves 3 months ago

My thought was that this would be for anywhere there is a Hyattsville meter and not just when we are attending committee meetings.

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Jonathan Brier about 1 month ago

I am not in a committee and I agree committee members should get free city parking, but I don't think it should be for any time except for official committee business. This could easily be handled by providing specific codes for the days in which the committee meetings and functions are held. The day of codes would remove a financial barrier to volunteering on a committee without promoting joining just to get free parking.

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Jim Groves about 1 month ago

You are missing the point. Committee meetings are in the evening on weekdays. There is ample parking at the municipal building 99.9% of the time. The free parking at any city lot 24/7 is a “payment” for our time and effort.

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