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Lexington Parking Authority receives international awards for environmental and marketing initiatives

Gary Means

Lexington’s Parking Authority has gotten international recognition in two areas. The International Parking and Mobility Institute honored the authority for its Helix Parking Structure Water Quality Improvement. It’s an oil/water separation system where runoff from the garage can be used for wash-downs of these parking facilities.

Authority Director Gary Means said the eventual aim is re-use at the Helix site. “That can be done, so we’d like to take it to that next level. It just requires a little more work with the pump and another filter. But, what we are doing is keeping it from going on down into the storm system,” said Means.

Means said the Lexington parking entity was also recognized in the marketing area for supporting local COVID-affected businesses. He noted that came through purchasing gift certificates for give-aways. “Instead of marketing money that might have went on T.V. or radio, we actually purchased gift certificates from these different restaurants and then had that contest to kind of pick a winner, you know, drawings,” explained Means.

Currently, the Parking Authority is in the midst of its food for fines program where ten cans of food or ten non-perishable items can be donated in exchange for removal of a 15-dollar parking fine.

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