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The pain of plugging the parking meter in downtown Racine could be lessened in December if a resolution passes at the Racine Common Council meeting next week.

Racine City Alderman Ray DeHahn is proposing a resolution for free parking on Saturdays in December for all metered parking spaces in downtown Racine. The goal: “to encourage holiday activities downtown.”

The spaces would include: meters on-street, in parking lots, and the McMynn parking ramp. The downtown area would include the area one block north of State St. south to 9th St. and from the block west of Center St. east to Lake Michigan. DeHahn doesn’t want the Racine Police Department to enforce the time limits or the city to collect any parking fees on Dec. 10, 17, 24 and 31.

If the resolution passes, it will cost the city $8,000 in lost parking revenue from fees and violations.

The Common Council is expected to take up the measure at its next meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Ave.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.