Aldermen voted 4 to 1 at the March 19 board meeting on the second reading of an ordinance to remove time-limit parking restrictions on St. Louis Street.
The vote was taken over strong objections by Alderman Brad Reed.
The ordinance involves parking on both sides of St. Louis Street from First to Third streets.
Alderman Ed Gass made a motion to amend the ordinance leaving two-hour parking on the south side of St. Louis Street from First Street to past Kaleidoscope Consignment shop, which Reed seconded, but that amendment failed on a 4 to 2 vote.
Aldermen Walter Arnette, Jerry Eversmeyer, Mike Bates and Mike Pigg voted in favor of the ordinance to end all limits. Reed and Ed Gass voted no.
The final approval made the new rules effective immediately and Mayor Herb Adams noted that the signs would be taken down.
Reed told fellow aldermen that they are not solving the parking situation on St. Louis Street. He said Handlebars Restaurant and Bar puts orange cones in the street to leave space for motorcycles to park in front of the bar, but Police Chief Matt Mansell said he would talk to the bar owner.
“No one can put up cones,” he said.
Larry Mueller, who operates a resale shop at 144 W. St. Louis St., presented a petition with 13 signatures calling for an end to parking limits.