CENTERBURG — A discussion at Monday's council meeting spurred Centerburg Village Council to review its parking ordinances.
Brad Butcher, owner of The Burg Cafe, told council that tenants living above the shops on Main Street are taking up the two-hour parking spots rather than leaving them for customers of downtown businesses.
Although deputies from the Knox County Sheriff's Office issue tickets, residents pay the ticket and continue to park in front of their residence.
A village ordinance states that building owners have to provide off-street parking behind the building for their tenants.
“Most of them are aware of what the ordinance says. They choose to ignore it,” Mayor Greg Sands said.
On Tuesday, Sands told Knox Pages that there are adequate tenant parking paces behind the buildings if the spaces are properly maintained. Sands said spaces are also available on Hartford and other artery streets, but tenants prefer not to have to walk a block to their home.
“The landlord in no way, shape, or form is telling the tenants they cannot park [in front of their residence,]” he said. “We just have a large group of tenants. We need to find a solution.”
Council member Ronda Seligman questioned whether the village should increase its fines for parking violations. Violations of the two- and four-hour parking ordinance carry a $10 fine. Parking in excess of 48 hours carries a $15 fine. Fines are doubled if not paid within 48 hours.
Council agreed to review its parking fines as well as its process for towing vehicles.
In other business, council members heard insurance presentations from Gary Chapman, Ohio Plan Insurance, and Robert Beglin, Public Entities Pool Insurance. They later approved acquiring property, cascualty, and general liability insurance through the Ohio Plan.
Council also took the following actions:
- Gave a first reading to a resolution proceeding with renewing the village's 3.0-mill levy
- Gave a first reading to an ordinance submitting a proposed budget for 2022
- Approved payment of a $10,974.77 invoice from Canyon Construction Co. for sewer line repairs on North Clayton Street
- Approved a letter of support for the village to be a satellite site of the Knox County Federally Qualified Health Center
- Adopted a proclamation recognizing June as Prostate Cancer Awareness and Education Month in Ohio
- Held an executive session to discuss economic development