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PARKatlanta Comes Under Fire in Forum

ATLANTA -- Officials with the City of Atlanta and PARKatlanta formed a united front on Saturday to face tough questions and criticism during a public meeting in Southwest Atlanta.

"You came in like gang members not giving any information," one resident said. "You sat there and gave tickets the week before last at a funeral. A funeral."

PARKatlanta has been under fire since it took over control of the city's parking enforcement a year ago.

As part of its contract, the company pays the city $5.5 million a year, then keeps the rest of the revenue generated through tickets and fines.

"No matter what they say today, they're motivated by money, and they're not gonna stop," said another resident.

Even city council members have criticized PARKatlanta and its 7-year contract with the city.

"We may have to live with it," said Councilman C.T. Martin. "I don't think we're interested in paying the penalty to get out of it. We don't want to start breaking contracts, but we damn sure are going to make sure there are better contracts put together."

In the meantime, the new commissioner of Public Works said things will get better.

"Moving forward, we want to engage more in the community and find out their needs to mold the parking program to fit those needs," said Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza.

The next parking public meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Civic Center in the Piedmont Room.

Two more public meetings will take place next week on Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Grove Park Recreation Center and on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Peachtree Hills Park.