Aldermen approved a recommendation from a group of St. Louis Street business operators to end two-hour parking on St. Louis Street, but one alderman said the process was flawed and a second alderman said the time limit should stay where businesses need it.
Brad Reed, who operates Reed Insurance at 104 W. St. Louis St., said all businesses were not invited to the meeting where the recommendation was voted on and some of the individuals in the downtown group do not have businesses on the street.
“This is very unfair,” Reed said at the Feb. 19 board meeting. “This is wrong.”
Alderman Jerry Eversmeyer, who is employed at Westside Personnel, 140 W. St. Louis St., brought the recommendation of the businesses to the board of aldermen.
Eversmeyer was taken to task by a protester regarding the South Fifth Street no ballpark parking signs for parking in front of his place of work when there was an ordinance on the books calling for two-hour parking.
The two-hour parking signs had been taken down when St. Louis Street was improved and never put back up. Eversmeyer said when the signs were up he obeyed them and if they were put back up he would again obey them.
At that meeting, Mayor Herb Adams ordered that the signs be put back up until aldermen took action.
Alderman Ed Gass said he believes Bank of America liked the two-hour parking to keep the street available for customers who did not want to, or were unable, to park in the back and walk around the building.
Gass suggested that the signs stay up in front of the Bank of America and the half block in front of Reed Insurance and Kaleidoscope resale shop.
Police Chief Matt Mansell also said that the signs were helpful at the bank.
“I asked that you keep the bank in mind,” Mansell said. “They like the two-hour parking in front of the bank.”
Alderman Mike Bates said downtown is a multi-use district and the city wants to promote it as a multi-use district.
“People live on the second floor or in back of some of those buildings,” Bates said. “They need a place to park. This is a useless ordinance and needs to be repealed. We survived for years without it.”
With Reed and Gass voting no, four aldermen approved a motion to eliminate the two-hour parking limit.