Two-hour parking? City to discuss parking on Main Street

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By Shannon Brock

Parking on the stretch of Main Street from the bridge at Ky. 44 to the intersection with Ky. 55 is governed by a 33-year-old ordinance, which is no longer enforced — a topic of discussion expected to appear on the next agenda for the Taylorsville City Commission.

The issue of Main Street parking surfaced during the commission’s June 4 meeting when Police Chief Toby Lewis mentioned during his monthly report that he had received at least a few parking complaints.
The current parking ordinance — called the “Two-hour parking only on Main Street” ordinance — was approved by the Board of Trustees of the City of Taylorsville on May 6, 1980.
The ordinance states, “Effective herewith, instead of parking meter charges in the City of Taylorsville, Kentucky, there shall be two-hour free parking per vehicle per parking space on Main Street in Taylorsville, Kentucky in the area between the bridge at Kentucky 44 and the junction of the new Kentucky 55 at Main Street from the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.”
The ordinance continues that anyone remaining in a single space for longer than two hours is subject to a $5 fine, plus any court costs. Anyone remaining in a single space for longer than four hours can be towed and must pay the cost of the towing, plus the $5 fine and court costs.
Currently, only one stretch of Main Street is labeled with two-hour parking signs — half of the block between Washington and Point streets. That area is primarily residential, and that doesn’t make much sense, Lewis said.
Lewis told the commission that the parking ordinance has not been enforced and suggested it be brought before the commission for discussion.
That item is expected to appear on the commission’s agenda for its regular meeting on Tuesday.
One option could be to shorten the area to which the ordinance applies to the unofficially dubbed “business district” from Jefferson to Washington streets.
Lewis suggested that, even now, employees of those businesses could park further away from the entrances to leave space for customers and others frequenting the downtown area throughout the day.
One parking issue that sits just a little off of Main Street is the school bus lot on Main Cross, Lewis said. Especially on days where district or circuit court is in session, that lot, which is owned by the school district, easily gets filled up with court traffic while the buses are out on morning routes. When the buses return, they either can’t park in the lot or have to park in such a way that other cars get blocked in, Lewis said.
Enforcing two-hour parking on the area of Main Street near the court house might help to alleviate that issue, he said.
Lewis said he requested the issue be put on the agenda for the next city meeting, which will be Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the City Hall Annex. Those meetings are open to the public.