Marion council seeking public input on North Cedar parking

The Marion City Council appealed to the public at its meeting Monday for input regarding parking on the west side of North Cedar.

With construction nearly complete, parking will again be permitted on the west side of the street, said City Administrator David Mayfield.

The problem, he said, is that North Cedar from Main Street on out to U.S. Highway 56 is narrow, and even more narrow in the 500 to 600 block.

?When North Cedar was closed for street work, lots of children and adults road bicycles on it,? he said, illustrating how busy the roadway is.

One suggestion was to consider two-hour time limits or eliminate parking on either side of the street.

?I would be in favor of no parking on North Cedar for maintenance purposes,? said Marty Fredrickson, director of streets.

?Speeding is the most I have heard on North Cedar,? said Mayor Mary Olson.

?I think we need to poll residents on North Cedar,? said Councilor Stacey Collett. ?I just don?t want this to be like the last parking issue we had a few weeks ago.?

Chief of Police Josh Whitwell said North Cedar is also an emergency access road.

?I would be in favor of no parking on either side of the street, he said.

The councilors decided to let the newspapers get the word out to the public and anyone who would like to comment on North Cedar parking is urged to either attend the Sept. 8 council meeting, call a council member or make their opinion known at the city office by calling 620-382-3703.

The remaining highlights from Monday?s city council meeting will appear Wednes?day at hillsborofreepress.com.

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