Downtown parking ordinance moves forward

An ordinance governing parking downtown in the City of Progress before, during and after some events moved a step closer to reality.

At the July 6 Enterprise City Council meeting an ordinance setting some downtown parameters for parking was introduced. It is expected to be voted on at the first meeting in August.

The purpose of the ordinance is to enhance safety and lessen traffic congestion along Main Street for certain hours before, during and after the events occurring downtown when the city council has approved road closures for those specific purposes.

According to the ordinance, at least one hour prior to the start of an event in downtown Enterprise—where the road closures have been pre-approved—no vehicles will be allowed to park or remain parked on and adjoining Main Street, College Street and Railroad Street.

The parking prohibition will remain in effect until at least one hour after the end of the scheduled event.

Vehicles included in the ordinance include cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles or any other type of vehicle designed to hold at least one or more drivers or one or more riders.

According to the ordinance, “Nothing herein is intended to prohibit motorized cars designed to carry only one rider/driver as to some person who is legitimately disabled, baby strollers or any emergency vehicles such as rescue squads, fire department vehicles or police vehicles.”

Any violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $500. Additionally, police will be authorized to have towed any vehicle parked in violation of the ordinance with the towing cost to be borne by the offender.

In unrelated business, the council authorized City Administrator Jonathan Tullos to submit a proposal for a Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program Grant for improvements to the city community recreation center. Tullos said the city’s application is for $8 million, with the city having a $16,532,959 match.

The DCIP is awarded through the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. The program was established in 2020 and 16 grants totaling approximately $50 million were awarded that year based on quality of life metrics surrounding military installations, Tullos explained.

The next meeting of the Enterprise City Council is Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the council chambers at Enterprise City Hall. A work session begins at 5 p.m. A voting meeting begins at 6 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

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