A discussion of parking brought downtown business people out in force to Thursday’s city council meeting.
The issue at hand was parking in the alley of the 500 block of Fourth Street. Earlier this past spring, Carroll and Linda Hanson, who own the building on Elm Street behind the string of shops on the north side of the Square, brought a complaint to the city council regarding parking issues that disrupted their business.
At that time, the city opted to put “No Parking” signs up in the alley, but with that, City Manager Larry Fields said he would not enforce the signs for those who parallel parked between the dumpsters in that alley.
Linda Hanson said since that time, the situation has not improved. If anything, it has further deteriorated.
She said oftentimes, the alley is blocked with owners’ cars, customers’ cars and even a delivery truck parked there from before 8 a.m. for an hour and half.
Neri’s owner Jonathan Gonzales said he would tell his employees to no longer park back there and make sure his vehicle, which he uses for deliveries throughout the day, does not block the drive. Council member Pam Scott said giving each other some consideration could go a long way.
To read the complete story, see the Sept. 15 story of The Graham Leader.