City looks to add 2-hour limitation with angle parking

About six weeks after putting in angle parking in two downtown blocks, the Vandalia City Council will now vote on parking limits during the day in those blocks.
The council, at the recommendation of its streets committee, will vote at its Oct. 17 meeting on an ordinance amendment for two-hour parking from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on weekdays in the 100 blocks of Fifth and Sixth streets.
The ordinance amendment will also include the 100 block of Sixth Street, which already has two-hour parking signs posted.
The committee recommended the parking limits on weekdays after hearing from Mick Rogers, owner of Sixth Street Pub, during a committee meeting prior to Monday’s council meeting.
Rogers told committee members that parking spaces that would be available for his lunch customers on weekdays are being used by individuals working at businesses and offices on Gallatin Street.
The city already has a two-hour parking limit on Gallatin Street in the downtown business district.
The committee was also asked to consider a request from Kyle and Sheba Barker for the city to take over maintenance on a road east of Fourth Street in the Burtschi Addition.
As they discussed the request, Marlin Filer, the city’s director of public works, said that the city had oiled and snowplowed that road in the past due to the fact that there was a manhole on the road.
However, he said, there is no need to do so, due to the moving of a sewer line.
That road has never been a city street.
Alderman Andy Lester recommended rejecting the request, saying that it would set a precedent for other privately owned additions in the city.
The committee was also scheduled to talk with Family YMCA of Fayette County officials about parking at the YMCA facility on Rock Island Avenue, but that issue was tabled due to a YMCA unable to attend the meeting because of an illness.
Also on the committee agenda was a request for no parking signs on Gochenour Street between Seventh and Eighth streets, but committee members were told that that request had been withdrawn.

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