Salisbury City Council to consider parking restrictions

Published 12:05 am Monday, April 18, 2016

By Amanda Raymond

The Salisbury City Council will discuss parking issues during its meeting on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at 217 S. Main St.

John Calvin Presbyterian Church has requested that the city limit parking on the portion of Overman Avenue between West Innes Street and Brenner Avenue to two hours between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

That portion of the street currently allows all-day parking.

A petition submitted to the Engineering Department shows that 62 percent of properties owners are in favor of the change.

According the petition, the all-day parking is causing safety concerns. Along with blocking mailboxes and creating difficulties for emergency vehicles, it is also causing problems for the participants of the church’s Lunch and More program because the participants are not able to access parking. In addition, there is limited visibility entering and exiting the church’s parking lot.

A citizen has also requested restricting parking at all times along the east side of Walker Street starting at Overman Avenue and ending 180 feet north of Overman Avenue. A petition submitted to the Engineering Department showed that 100 percent of property owners are in favor of the request. The area currently has all-day parking.

If the ordinance is approved, the city will install the appropriate signage but leave the areas unmarked.

The department estimates the man-hours and signage materials needed to complete the parking changes will cost about $150.

In other council business, the council will:

  • Present a badge and shotgun to retiring Master Police Officer Alan Waller.
  • Consider approving the consent agenda, which includes:
    • A Resolution of Support for the placement of a piano at the southwest corner of Innes Street and Main Street for the “Come Tickle our Ivories” project from May 6 through Sept. 30.
    • A budget ordinance amendment to the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget to appropriate revenue for the Public Art Committee in the amount of $63,925.
    • A budget ordinance amendment to the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget to appropriate funds received from Police Department Asset Forfeiture in the amount of $2,750.
    • An ordinance that will temporarily close Jake Alexander Boulevard starting at Lincolnton Road and ending on Statesville Boulevard at Brenner Avenue for the Buck Hurley Triathlon.
    • An ordinance that will temporarily close Old Concord Road between Monroe Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue for the Fur Fun 5K Run/Walk for PAWS.
    • An ordinance that will temporarily close Main Street between Thomas and Fisher streets for the George Washington Parade.
    • A concurring ordinance with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to amend the code for Jake Alexander Boulevard.
    • An NC 457 Plan offer for part-time city employees.
  • Hold a public hearing for a pool hall permit for Break N Run Bar and Billiards.
  • Hear a request for a projection over a public alley adjacent to 115-117 East Innes St.
  • Make appointments to various boards and commissions.
  • Consider adopting the fiscal year 2016-2017 goals and objectives.
  • Hear a financial report for the third quarter of the current fiscal year.

The mayor will proclaim:

  • April 30, 2016 as Arbor Day.
  • The month of May 2016 as Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.