2-hour parking

Because of complaints about two separate matters, a Vandalia City Council is again going to take a look at the two-hour parking limit on Gallatin Street.
Alderman Mike Hobler asked that the issue be referred to the council’s streets committee last Monday after Police Chief Jeff Ray told aldermen about complaints related to the parking ordinance.
Ray said that a number of individuals who rent apartments in Gallatin Street buildings have complained about not being able to park for extended periods, including overnight.
Similar complaints have been lodged in the past, with residents of downtown apartments saying that they have nowhere else nearby to park.
On a different matter, Ray said there have been complaints lodged about a business trailer being parked on Gallatin for extended periods.
He said there are also complaints about the trailer parking along Kennedy Boulevard, near the Vandalia Statehouse, and Alderman Dorothy Crawford also spoke out on that matter.
The difference there, Ray said, is that there is not a time-limit restriction on Kennedy.
Ray also told aldermen that some individuals have complained about being ticketed for parking in an area that is currently not marked as a parking spot. There is also not a sign noting that parking is not prohibited in that spot.
The area is just east of the alley between Fifth and Sixth streets on the south side of Gallatin Street.
Aldermen, and Public Works Director Marlin Filer, discussed possible ways to indicate that parking is not allowed in that spot, due to the fact, Ray said, that a parked vehicle obstructs the vision of motorists coming out of the alley.
Also at last Monday’s meeting:
• Gottman reported that the city had received eight applications for the city administrator position.
• The council voted to have the city seek bids for the leasing of the city’s 120 acres of farmland on West Main Street.
• The council approved three Tax Increment Financing agreements.
An agreement with Clayton and Brandi Gathe provides a grant of up to $14,258.63, half of the estimated cost to update the building behind their business at 319 W. Main St., Little Blue Eyes, and turn the building into storage units.
An agreement with Brian Stout provides a grant of up to $19,824.50, half of the estimated cost to make improvements to the building at 523 W. Orchard St. that formerly housed Lorenzo’s Pizza and Fayette Alignment. Stout told the city’s TIF committee that Debbie Cearlock plans to open a bakery in what was formerly the kitchen area of the building.
An agreement with John Rusani provides a grant of up to $23,500, half of the estimated cost for improvements at The Chuckwagon. Rusani said he will update an area currently unused to create more seating and a bar area.

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