To the Editor of The Argus,
I wish to address issues raised in The Argus’ January 29 opinion piece, Parking off-campus.
First, I would like to refute the allegation that the University influenced Rotary Place staff to start ticketing students’ vehicles. In reality, we asked Rotary Place Management to be lenient when they notified us that Lakehead vehicles were not parking in the area set aside for University vehicles, and therefore would be ticketed.
There is no doubt that as our campus grows we will need to provide more parking. This is why we have created the Orillia Parking Advisory Group (comprised of students, faculty, staff, and senior administration) to explore short-, mid-, and long-term options. This is why we actively work with the City of Orillia to expand parking options at our campus. The City of Orillia shares our interest in balancing our commitment to environmental sustainability and the need to provide our University community with the services it requires.
I am confident that working together, our University community and the City will find solutions to these challenges.
Dr. Kim Fedderson
Dean and Vice-Provost, Orillia Campus