There is expected to be several State Street residents who attend a city committee meeting Monday in opposition to off-street parking changes.
The city’s parks, building, development and public service committee will discuss changing parking rules on State Street Monday, March 17, at 6 p.m. in the lower level of Union City Hall.
A discussion was prompted last month by narrow street widths along East State Street between Oak Street and Washington Avenue, and on West State Street between Clark Drive and Lindner Lane.
Residents along those stretches of the road were notified of next week’s meeting, and some already have contacted city officials.
“I’ve had several people say there is no way to eliminate parking on one side of the street,” said Mayor Mike Livengood.
He explained that the area is densely populated and many residents have two vehicles to park at their home.
“In the old parts of town it wasn’t required to provide parking for two cars,” Livengood said.
He recognized the narrow width of the street as an issue, but said the options to change parking are limited.
“I’d like to see something done, but I don’t have the answer,” Livengood said. “I don’t think that will work.”
Last month, Police Chief Norman Brune said there are three options to address narrow street widths along State Street, the first is to do noting.
He added that street parking could be limited to the north side, or to the south side.
There have been talks of limiting parking on State Street for several years. A cul-de-sac was built on the west end of the street to limit some traffic traveling on the road.
The discussion on limiting parking on State Street is part of a larger effort to eliminate parking on several narrow streets in Union.
Monday night, aldermen passed an ordinance that limits parking on three streets. They are:
• Denmark Road — No parking on both sides of the street from Prairie Dell Road to the Outer Road;
• Lindner Lane — No parking on the west side of the road from State Street to Main Street;
• North Church Street — No parking on both sides of the street from Independence Drive to CC Camp Road; and
• Old Highway 50 — No parking on both sides of the street from the east junction to the west junction.
During next Monday’s meeting, the committee also is poised to discuss making Mulberry Street, a one-way street from Main Street south to Locust Street.
There may also be parking limitation on Mulberry Street between State Street and Cherry Street, and Locust Street to Springfield Avenue.
Committee members also are expected to discuss street parking changes on North Christina Avenue from State Street to Water Street.