Parking issues discussed in Williamsburg

October 4th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

Parking concerns along Main Street in Williamsburg were discussed by council members during their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24.

After a complaint from the owner of the game room on Main Street, business owner Lisa Kirk asked council members to clarify the parking signs along the street.

“All the signs say one hour parking,” said Kirk. “I was under the impression that after 6 p.m. people could park along Main Street until morning. Many of my people who were parking there on Sunday night after 6 p.m. were told they had to get out.”

She also noted that there are signs prohibiting bicycles along the sidewalk, but that she had seen bicycles leaning against the game room building.

"The pizza/game room building also has a leaking air conditioner unit and some of the bricks at the top of the building could be a hazard," said Kirk.

Williamsburg Administrator Patti Bates said that she had addressed the bicycle issues with the game room owner and he had assured her that the kids would use the bicycle rack provided. She said she would speak to him again.

Mayor Mary Ann Lefker said that all the signs along Main Street were supposed to be re-done to make them consistent with the exception of the post office signs which allow for 15 minute parking.

"We need to add restrictions on some of the signs to allow for parking after 6 p.m.," said Bates.

"My recommendation is that we will take a look at the signs and see if something can be done," said Lefker. "In the meantime, you can let your people know that it is okay to park along Main Street after 6 p.m."

In other business:

• At the recommendation of Bates, council approved accepting credit and debit card payments for utility bills in the village office.

• The personnel committee is looking at ways to fine tune the ethics policy for village employees. According to Traci Schueler-Hurst the committee is looking at the current policy and will spell out specifics in an updated version.

• A work session is being planned to discuss revisions in the zoning code for the village.

• Clerk Mike Murray presented a financial report to council members with details about the general fund, street fund, operating fund and tax revenues. He answered their questions about the funds.

• Bates told council that equipment is being moved in to begin construction of the sewer plant.
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