DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: CONSOLIDATED PARKING MANAGEMENT

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: CONSOLIDATED PARKING MANAGEMENT
Problem Identification:
The fragmentation of parking-related functions within the Department of Public Work impedes the development of comprehensive parking management planning and initiatives.

Recommended Action:
Consolidate Parking Management, Enforcement, and Enterprise Facilities in a Baltimore City Parking Authority.

Classification:
Cost Savings, Organizational, Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
All Department Parking Operations

Estimated Annual Impact:
While the immediate financial impact cannot be estimated, the consolidation of parking-related functions within one organizational entity should improve the City’s ability to better manage Baltimore’s ever-changing parking management needs.

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
None

Projected Implementation:
90 – 120 days

Next Steps:
Recruit and hire an executive director. Create an organizational structure to manage the newly created entity after it becomes operational in October 2000.

Analysis:
A critical element of the project team’s review of DPW involved evaluating the effectiveness of its current organizational structure. Efforts were focused on ensuring that management responsibilities for complementary functions were strategically aligned and that existing organizational structures were in place to promote effective and efficient management. The City’s management of parking-related functions is an area that could benefit from an organizational restructuring. Organizations such as the Downtown Partnership, particularly through their work on the ‘Gateways to Growth’ report, should be applauded for their efforts to address this issue. The DPW project team is supportive of the Administration’s plan to create a Parking Authority to consolidate the City’s management of parking-related functions.