Are parking problems a good sign for downtown Augusta?


News 12 First at Five / Monday, May 13, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- There's a two-hour parking time limit in downtown Augusta that could be changing soon. It presents a problem for some businesses and their employees who have nowhere to park.

The Sheriff's Office, the city administrator and the Engineering Department are working to come up with a solution to present to commissioners next Tuesday.

The two-hour time limit for parking is a huge issue for the more than 25 employees who work at Johnson Laschober.

"Last Monday they put up signs around 9:30 in the morning. Deputies came by and put chalk on the tires to mark them to be ticketed," said Structural Engineer for Johnson and Laschober Donald Thorstad.

"The signs were always on the street light poles. We updated the street lights and took the signs down with the poles. We just put the signs up," said Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell.

Thorstad says the signs have been there for years that the parking ordinance needs updating. Eighty percent of businesses on 11th and 12th of Broad Street signed a petition to stop the time limit.

"I don't know what started this or why, but this is serious business for us," Thorstad said.

Businesses on Broad were given 10 extra days to come into compliance and that ends on Friday. The city's Traffic Engineering Department and the city administrator will work with the sheriff to find a solution.

"We can't skip past the chief law enforcement officer as we're making decisions. We need to have that discussion with the Sheriff's Department," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

"The growth downtown is a good thing. It's a good thing overall," Cassell said.


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