[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Royal Oak 12-20-1948 by Ord. No. 558. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby determined and declared to be necessary for the public benefit and welfare of the City of Royal Oak, Michigan, to acquire, improve, enlarge, extend and operate automobile parking facilities for the use of the public under the provisions of Act No. 236 of the Public Acts of 1947, and to combine all municipal revenue-producing automobile parking facilities, including both street parking and off-street parking, into one system to be known as the "automobile parking system," and to be operated on a utility-rate basis under the provisions of Act 94, Public Acts of Michigan, 1933, as amended.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, all automobile parking facilities owned and/or operated by said City for the benefit of the public and from which revenue is derived shall be operated and maintained as one system on a utility-rate basis, to be known as the "automobile parking system," which shall include all existing parking meters, parking lots, garages, buildings, and all facilities, equipment and accessories used or useful in connection therewith, as well as all additional parking meters, parking lots, garages, buildings and other facilities and equipment hereafter acquired or erected for public use for parking purposes and for the use of which rates and charges shall be made; provided, however, revenues from the present existing parking meters shall not belong to said automobile parking system until June 1, 1949, and thereafter.
It is hereby determined and declared to be necessary for the public benefit and welfare of said City to acquire and construct additional parking lots and facilities as extensions and improvements to said automobile parking system, and to operate and maintain said automobile parking system and all such extensions and improvements thereto.
The automobile parking system and its administration, operation and maintenance shall be under the control of the City Manager, and whenever it becomes necessary or advisable for the greater efficiency of such system, to create a separate department for its active management, the City Manager shall appoint a Director of the automobile parking system to whom may be delegated the active management thereof. The City Commission may appoint a Public Parking Committee consisting of at least one member of the City Commission and two or more other persons to act in advisory capacity to the City Manager or the Director of the automobile parking system in determining the general policies of the system, particularly in relation to the general public and the commercial interests of the City.
It shall be the duty of the City Manager or the Director of the automobile parking system to maintain said system in good repair and working order and operate the same efficiently. He shall see that the rates and charges as fixed by the City Commission for all services supplied by the system are collected and turned over to the City Treasurer.
The schedule of rates and charges to be collected for any parking or other services of the system shall be fixed from time to time by resolution of the City Commission, which resolution shall give the time of the taking effect of such rates and charges. The present parking meter charges or any other parking charges shall remain in effect until changed by resolution as above provided.
The Director of Finance shall keep the proper records of the receipts and disbursements appertaining to the automobile parking system.
The revenues of the automobile parking system shall be used as follows:
Payment of all expenses of administration, operation and maintenance of the system. Expense of operation shall be deemed to include the salaries of any police officers, employees of the Department of Public Works and all others whose time is largely or wholly spent in connection with the operation of the automobile parking system.
Payment of such amounts as may be appropriated therefrom by the City Commission for the purpose of purchasing additional land, constructing buildings, improving the property used by said system and other capital expenses which may be necessary.
The City may, from time to time by ordinance or resolution, issue bonds or any other evidence of indebtedness in such amounts and for such time, and according to such terms as may be deemed necessary and proper, for the purpose of acquiring, or purchasing, any lands needed for the purpose of public parking, and may acquire or construct any buildings or other facilities and improvements necessary for such purpose, and may pledge the revenues of the system or a portion thereof for the payment of such bonds or any other evidence of indebtedness and interest thereon, and mortgage or pledge all or any part of the parking facilities.
The City Commission may, by ordinance or resolution, limit the time of parking in any public parking lot, building or other public place where parking is permitted, and the City Manager or his representative shall post suitable signs indicating such parking time limits and the parking spaces where the same are in effect. Rules and regulations may be prescribed from time to time by the City Manager for the governance of any public parking lots and facilities.
Anyone violating any of the rules or ordinances of the City of Royal Oak relative to parking shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punished by fine not exceeding $300 or imprisonment not exceeding 90 days in the City prison or county jail.
This chapter is declared necessary to relieve traffic congestion in the City of Royal Oak, to better facilitate the use of the streets for public travel and to furnish better parking accommodations for the general public.