LCC implements new parking system
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As students begin a new semester at LCC, they will also be introduced to a new parking system.
On June 16, 2014, the LCC Board of Trustees voted to pass a $124.6 million budget. With this new budget students will now be able to park in designated lots without paying hourly fees.
Although students don’t pay for parking directly anymore, the college has added additional parking fees into their tuition. The fee is $5 per billing hour.
“We changed our entire parking plan so students can come to the college every day and not worry about paying for parking every time they are on campus,” LCC President Brent Knight said.
“They can stay as long as they like and not worry that they may not have enough money to pay for parking.”
Students received a letter of the new policy along with a parking decal on Aug. 18. This decal identifies the vehicle of a registered student.
Students are now allowed to park in the following areas on campus: Lots I, R, U, W and the Gannon Ramp.
LCC staff and faculty also have designated parking areas. Parking Lot A will be utilized by only the members of LCC staff and faculty.
Interim Public Relations Director Devon Bradley spoke positively about the changes the college made to the parking system.
“Our goal is to eliminate the financial distinctive for students to spend time on campus,” Bradley said.
“This complements other student-friendly changes such as our new approach to student services, campus life, and the Gannon renovation project.”
Both LCC students and staff have been verbal about the new parking system.
Students Laureen Brown and Matt Drayton gave insight on positives and negatives of the new parking system’s effectiveness.
“It’s really hard to park, Brown said. “It takes a long time and you really have to come early if you want a spot.”
Drayton said he didn’t have many concerns about the new system.
“(It) seems pretty simple to me; being able to drive in and park is a good thing,” Drayton said.
Edward Wol, LCC student, is one of several on campus who uses CATA public transportation.
“The only thing I don’t like was the tuition,” Wol said. “Students that don’t use the parking system or don’t have a car were charged in their tuition.
“I feel like there should have been some notification or email that they were going to be charged this amount in their tuition,” Wol added.
P.R. Director Bradley compared the $5 per billing hour fee to services such as the library, tutoring and student clubs.
Bradley said that while not all students use those services regularly, they ultimately benefit the college as a whole.