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April 13, 2018

Two-hour parking coming to Warrenton’s Main Street

File photo/Lawrence Emerson
Curbside one-hour parking on Warrenton’s Main Street will change to two hours next month.
Next month citizens will have more time to eat dinner or get their teeth cleaned if they park on Warrenton’s Main Street.

The town will change curbside one-hour parking spots on Main Street to two hours sometime in May.

After complaints from Main Street merchants, building owners and customers, Town Manager Brannon Godfrey discussed the option with the public safety and transportation committee Tuesday.

The town will start enforcing the new two-hour restriction on Main Street next month from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The town will not limit parking on Saturday and Sunday.

“Saturday is when we would get people here coming from other locations,” said Linda “Sunny” Reynolds (At-large), who agrees with the change.

In June 2017, based on recommendations from a parking study, the town changed all on-street parking in Old Town to two hours, except Main Street.

“The purpose of the Old Town changes was generally to induce turnover of the spaces for convenient shopping and to deter long-term parkers from tying up the on-street spaces,” Mr. Godfrey wrote in a memo.

But, since the town hired a part-time employee to enforce parking regulations in Old Town last fall, merchants have expressed concern.

In a recent parking survey conducted by the town, some merchants said they have seen a decrease in visitors since the revamped parking enforcement.

“Customers complain that one hour is insufficient to dine in restaurants and conduct business,” Mr. Godfrey wrote to the committee.

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