Two-hour parking in Jonesboro to remain

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 07:29 AM

After a request by some Jonesboro business owners to remove two-hour parking along Main Street, Sanford City Council decided to keep the time limit Tuesday.

Sanford General Services Director Tim Shaw and staff surveyed business owners along Main Street about the parking limit and found a split in opinions. Seven wanted to do away with the parking limit while six wished for it to remain. Four had no opinion or could not be reached.

Council member Samuel Gaskins said during Tuesday’s meeting he would need to see a large “difference in opinion” before making a change.

“For a poll that close, it’s not something we should be changing,” he said.

Council member Rebecca Wyhof said with parking lots now available on either side of Main Street, people who need to park for an extended period of time are able to do so.

City Manager Hal Hegwer presented the number of parking time violations that had been committed since 2006 — 38 in total — and reported there had been none in 2013.

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A motion was not needed by the council to keep the two-hour parking.

In other matters, the council:

• Honored the life and community service of two individuals, including Robert “Bob” Lee Lemmond Sr., who served as a member of the Sanford Planning Board member, and Irene Hook Covington, who served in a variety of civic organizations.

• Approved a $550 solid waste refund to Jennifer Michelle, Jesse Edington and Darlynda Robichaund, owners of a vacant mobile home in the 2700 block of Little Creek Road. The owners had unintentionally paid a solid waste fee, but the residence had been vacant since 1995.

• Held a public hearing regarding the rezoning of half an acre of land at 500 S. Third St. from residential mixed to light industrial. The application was filed by Anson Harrington who recently purchased the land, which is adjacent to his company, Install Inc. Company President Kenneth Cronch spoke in favor of the rezoning. No one spoke against the rezoning.

• Appointed Van Groce Jr. to the Board of Adjustment and Deon Allbrooks to the Appearance Committee. One vacancy remains on the Appearance Committee.

• Council member Walter McNeil asked that Sanford natives Aaron Mellette, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, and Dennis Godfrey, who was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys, be recognized by the board.