Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homeowners, city officials consider on-street parking restrictions

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Citizens gathered at city hall Tuesday night to give their two-cents about possible changes to on-street parking near the university. Daytime parking restrictions are looking more and more likely.

The streets addressed at the meeting were Normal Avenue from Henderson to West End; Park Avenue; and the stretch of West End from Broadway to Highland Drive.

A parking permit system which requires decals gained traction with citizens. But the city council rejected the idea because it would restrict access to a public thoroughfare.

Those who wanted parking limitations settled on a daytime restriction from around 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

But homeowner Paul Giebler of Park Avenue is weary of such restrictions.

"Well I’ve gotten two tickets because I’ve had people come in to work on my house that are in the drive way and I had to park my car on the street, policemen comes by and I get two parking tickets just like that," Giebler said.

While many seemed to favor daytime limitations, others were upset with people leaving cars overnight.

While the proposals are not final, city manager Scott Meyer says he wants to complete something before classes begin in the end of August.

Tim Filla, KRCU


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