De­catur passes park­ing lot or­di­nance

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - MIKE ECKELS

DE­CATUR — The City Coun­cil re­viewed guide­lines re­cently gov­ern­ing the use of the down­town pub­lic park­ing lot.

In April, the city signed a lease with Kansas City South­ern Rail­road for land from Roller Av­enue to the south end of the train dis­play area.

Since the down­town area is short of park­ing along the busi­nesses on South Main Street near the de­pot, the coun­cil de­cided to des­ig­nate the lot be­hind the meat mar­ket from the north side of the de­pot stor­age shed to Roller Av­enue as pub­lic park­ing.

The or­di­nance, which es­tab­lishes a two-hour park­ing limit and al­lo­cates two spa­ces for the busi­nesses ad­ja­cent to the lot, was passed on the first read­ing. The coun­cil will take up the sec­ond read­ing dur­ing its Aug. 21 meet­ing.

Mayor Bob Tharp told the coun­cil work on the sec­ond phase of the city side­walk project was to be­gin this week.

The first phase of the side­walk project, run­ning from down­town to De­catur Mid­dle School, was com­pleted in 2015.

The sec­ond phase will run along the west side of East Roller Av­enue from the cor­ner of Bre­de­hoeft Road to the point where the 2015 work ended and from Austin Av­enue to the park­ing lot at Veter­ans Park.

The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of the year.

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