parking raises hackles
Last week the city voted to zone a
parking space on Broadway Street as a loading zone reserved for
trucks picking up and delivering. The request for that came from
Action Rental. The business is moving to the corner of Broadway and
With the move to that location, owner
Roger Matson said that his business will be receiving several large
truck deliveries each week. Off-street parking to load and unload
trucks would be preferable. Years ago when the business was a Kresge
it had a parking space designated for just that purpose.
The council recognized that there is
limited parking downtown and businesses are affected in multiple
ways by this limitation. They also recognize that trucks blocking
traffic on a downtown street create a traffic hazard. This business
was saying they will have a lot of truck traffic. The council agreed
to mark the space.
Since then some downtown merchants have
contacted alderman to say they want to use that space for the same
purpose for their businesses.
Verl Prather said, "Now, we all kind of
expected this." There had been discussion that other businesses
would want the same thing. He then clarified that there was nothing
put with that vote that said only Action Rental can use that parking
space for deliveries and pickups. He said he saw the space as a
downtown loading and unloading zone that any business nearby can use
for the same purpose.
At the recommendation of the city
attorney, Bill Bates, the council will clarify by vote that the
space is not for the exclusive use by any particular business.
means of sewer bill collection
A new state law gives the city more
power to collect on sewer bills. It also makes collection simpler
and will lower the collection expense.
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Previously the strongest course of
action the city could take was to dig up the sewer line to the
house. This was not always a viable option because many times the
location is a multiple-dwelling residence. Removing the sewer hookup
would affect others living in the same building who are paying their
Digging was also a large expense. It
cost the city to dig it up and it cost residents to reinstall the
Now the city can put more pressure on
sewer bill deadbeats through an agreement with the water company.
For a fee the American Water Company will shut off the water at a
residence. Water shut-off can be more targeted because many of the
same multidwelling residences have just one sewer line but have
separate water connections.
When water is shut off it creates a
public health risk to the occupants, as toilets can't be flushed and
so on. Then the building and codes inspector, Les Plotner, will be
forced to issue an eviction notice.
Warning to delinquents: Pay your sewer
bills or pack your bags.
American City Cab is requesting that
the city raise cab fares in light of escalating fuel costs.
Forecasters are predicting $2 per gallon gasoline by summer. The cab
company says that at the current increasing rate they will not even
It has been more than 2½ years since
fares were raised.
The matter will be discussed at a
Guests at the meeting on Monday
included Lincoln Community High School seniors Alex Davis and a
foreign exchange student named Andreas from Germany.
city meeting, a voting session, will be on Monday, April 5.