Last week the Forney City Council voted 4-0 to adopt an ordinance that "time limits" parking within Forney’s historic downtown area.
Addressing the Council who was absent Mayor Rick Wilson and Council Member's Cory McGee and Kevin Moon, new City Manager Tony Carson
said “Every city I’ve ever worked in has had to have discussions concerning available parking. This is a result of the success of our businesses in continuing to need additional parking spaces”.
City Manager Carson said “This was a very participatory discussion. We allowed the businesses who are normally the ones that will be affected by the change being recommended to consult. They needed to buy-in. They needed to have a say and this is what they wanted. It was something that was unique. Everybody in the room came back with a solution that we've brought forward to the council. And it is wanted to try a four hour time limit with the exception of two spaces.”
Explaining Carson stated “The two spaces will be the one that is directly in front of City Hall. We wanted that one to be a fifteen minute one, to be used for people to drop off their payments and leave. And one in front of the bakery, that was requested by the owner, she wanted to same thing so that she would have one space that would be fifteen minutes and so that she would have one space that turned over throughout the day.”
City Manager Carson said “Similar to what you did earlier with the curfew ordinance, we’re asking that this be a trial period so that we can make sure the businesses are happy with the way the parking restrictions are having on their businesses. So we would revisit this in six months.”
Summary of Ordinance Restrictions:
Restrictive parking along both sides of the street on Main Street between South Bois D’Arc Street and Elm Street, and on South Bois D’Arc Street between Elm Street and Front Street would be for no more than 4 hours per vehicle between the hours of 6:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday (total 51 spaces, including 5 handicap spaces)
Restrictive parking for two spaces located in front of 101 E. Main Street and 106 E Main Street. These spots would be limited to no more than 15 minutes parking to allow for quick stops, such as drop-offs and pickups, during the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M Monday through Friday (total 2 spaces)
Restrictive parking at the Southeast corner of S Bois D’ Arc Street and Elm Street public parking lot would be for no more than 4 hours per vehicle between the hours of 6:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday (total 10 spaces)
Written by: Denise Bell