- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

GRETNA, La. (AP) - As Gretna prepares to charge motorists for parking downtown, the City Council on Wednesday will consider earmarking 25 percent of the revenue and fines for the area’s infrastructure.

Mayor Belinda Constant told The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/1glcgCX ) on Monday she expects to implement paid parking March 1, with motorists to receive courtesy violations notices that will double an education pamphlet on the program. Real citations will be handed out beginning April 1.

Initially scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, the program was pushed back due to delays in equipment and severe weather. Constant said the remaining payment kiosks are expected to arrive within 10 days.

Drivers must pay to park weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The cost is $1 per hour or 25 cents for 15 minutes.

City Hall estimates $125,000 in revenue from parking for its 2014-15 budget, Constant said. Councilman Joe Marino III is proposing creation of a downtown improvement fund to pay for landscaping, lighting and other infrastructure work in the area.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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