Versailles City Council members Tuesday, Oct. 10 discussed various options regarding parking in the downtown area.
South Ward Alderwoman Joann Mayor, responding to complaints from some of her constituents, proposed several possible changes to the parking near the square. The changes include limited 2-hour parking from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., adding handicapped spaces, and reducing the speed limit from 25 mph to 15 mph.
“I see senior citizens trying to find parking [on Monroe Street north of Newton] and trying to cross the street to the law office or the barber shop or the license bureau. It’s really hard to see with today’s longer vehicles and the angled parking,” Mayor said.
Police Chief Chad Hartman said it was not a popular stance, but, “from a safety standpoint, the west side of Monroe should be changed to parallel parking.”
The council agreed to move ahead on the creation of an additional handicapped parking space. The other proposed options were tabled.
Council Briefs
– Mayor Terry Silvey thanked volunteers, the chamber, city employees, and departments for a successful apple festival.
– A city budget meeting is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 for department heads to discuss setting 2018 budgets.
– Kerry Roberts was hired as a full-time police officer.
– Chris Moore was hired for the public works department on a 30-day probation.
– Micro sealing on several city streets is now complete.
– The fuel credit card machine at the airport has been fixed and fuel sales are good.
– The ISO inspections for the fire department were completed Sept. 27. Results will not be available until June 2018.
– The addition of a 1/4-cent sales tax to fund the fire department is being considered for the ballot.
– A social media policy for city employees was approved.
The next council meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at City Hall in Versailles.