Albion opens gravel lot for parking | Sun News
ALBION – Albion city council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to open a gravel pitch it owns at public parking, adding 15 to 20 more spaces to what has become a very crowded city center.
Due to the construction of a new county annex on the block west of the Noble County Courthouse, the downtown area lost:
• locations on the west side of York Street across from the Noble County Courthouse;
• the parking lot of the former prosecutor’s office where the courthouse is under construction.
Recently, several steel trucks attempted to deliver their loads to the construction site. According to Marshal Scott Cole of Albion Town, when a truck was inside the fenced area waiting to be unloaded, the other steel trucks had nowhere to go, further increasing congestion. downtown.
In this case, the school buses had to be rerouted to avoid the area.
“It’s rare,” Cole said of the multiple simultaneous steel deliveries. “Maybe we won’t experience this again.”
Even without it, parking was more than a bonus. The new temporary prosecutor’s office on Hazel Street has parking, but a space issue remained.
Cole said he has seen more people park in yellow, without a parking area, in the past three months than in his entire career, which spans decades.
Cole said local businesses approached him, fearing customers would have nowhere to park.
“I understand their problem,” Cole said. “I just don’t know where to put them.”
City Manager Tena Woenker spoke to department heads about the gravel land the city owns west of the new prosecutor’s office in the area of West Hazel and York streets. With a little prep work, Woenker said the land could add 15-20 parking spaces.
Concerns were raised about parking during the Chain O ‘Lakes Festival in June. Options included asking Central Noble School Corp. to use its west parking lot on the high school campus, but board members felt it was a long way for people to walk downtown.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• The council passed on first reading an ordinance creating a fund for expected federal funds from the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus-related program. The city has been told to expect $ 490,000.
Specific guidelines on how government entities can spend the money have not been given by the federal government, but officials know they will need to submit a plan for the funds before they are released.
Woenker suggested that the council come up with a “wish list for the big picture” and perhaps hold a public meeting to assess how the city’s citizens would like to see the money spent.