The Select Board discussed the creation of permit parking in the downtown area on Feb. 14. Select Board Chair Peter Corey recommended parking permits as a way to shift costs for parking lot maintenance onto the users, such as businesses, landlords and tenants. The center of town has approximately 178 public parking spaces. Corey noted that St. Johnsbury, Vt., has a permit parking system in place and his employer, Northern Community Investment Cop., owns eight spaces. St. Johnsbury manages three municipal lots and charges $495 for an annual overnight permit, $75 for a monthly overnight permit, $225 for an annual business permit, and $5 for a day permit. Corey said Whitefield could set its own rates, based on local market conditions and the opinions of residents, businesses and building owners. In addition to generating income, parking permits would let law enforcement know which vehicles belong, Corey said.