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Commission approves short-term solution

Andy Ouriel • Apr 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Come springtime, drivers parking at certain spots in downtown Sandusky shouldn’t dilly-dally around for long.

City commissioners recently approved designating two downtown spaces as short-term parking spots, limiting drivers to no longer than 10 minutes in these areas.

Just like parking in a handicap space, any driver lingering in these spots longer than the posted time limit could receive a ticket.

The plan revolves around installing one on both the east and west sides somewhere within the 100 block of Columbus Avenue. The signs, for instance, could go in front of the Sandusky State Theatre and Mr. Smith’s Coffee House.

“This is a benefit because it provides a convenience to customers who may have short-term parking (needs) downtown,” commissioner Wes Poole said. “It could be a quick stop to pick up tickets for a State Theatre event, a pizza or just a cup of coffee”

Amending downtown parking stems from a yearlong study released in February.

In short: The $38,500 study determined enough parking in the business district exists, evident by the 1,600-plus available spots in an 18-block area, but it’s completely mismanaged.

Among the study’s recommendations: Improve signage to both direct people where to park and limit how long they can stay parked.

The two short-term parking spots are a step to addressing that recommendation.

But it hardly satisfies everyone.

“They’ll never enforce it,” said a business employee working in the impacted area who didn’t want to face consequences for speaking out. “There is no one that enforces two-hour parking now. Why would someone enforce this?”

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