DUBOIS – Members of DuBois City Council decided not to ban parking along South Main Street following a well-attended meeting on Monday night.
While it technically wasn’t necessary, council did vote the proposal down in order to have added weight on its decision in the city’s official record.
The proposal relied upon all homes, located along South Main Street, having current access to off-street parking either via driveways or a rear avenue running parallel.
A group of individuals provided their perspectives as concerned citizens, employers and employees who utilize South Main Street.
Citizens cited problems that would be created for those with disabilities and those who need parking available for home assistance providers.
Others were concerned that even if they could park on their property, there still wouldn’t be adequate parking for visiting family and friends during holidays.
In addition, council heard from representatives from local businesses. It was noted that there wouldn’t be adequate parking for employees and customers both if on-street parking was lost.
One representative presented council with a quote totaling $14,000 to create a parking lot that would become necessary if the parking ban passed.
It was noted that the cost excluded paving and the addition of sidewalks from the prospective parking lot.
Citizens suggested that council members focus on speeding motorists and truck travel on the roadway.
City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio said South Main Street residents were sent letters regarding the prospective parking ban in order to get their feedback.
Council voted to have its engineer conduct a feasibility study with regards to adding stop signs to slow traffic; to discourage tractor-trailer traffic; and to add “no parking from here to corner” signage to make it easier to turn onto South Main Street.