May 18, 2012 — Administrative matters took up much of the agenda at Monday’s regular meeting of the Morehead City Council, but the perennial downtown parking issue arose again.
Council discussed problems with persons being ticketed during downtown events such as Noon Tunes, and passed a motion directing Mayor David Perkins to identify means to encourage citizens to patronize Main Street businesses over the summer, which may include relaxing downtown parking rules.
Council member Tom Carew said that the annual exodus of college students creates an opportunity for the city to help downtown merchants by making it easier for people to park and shop on Main Street without fear of being ticketed.
Council member Beth Ousley asked whether the number of handicapped spaces on Main Street was adequate for the needs of the community.
“I feel like there should be more handicapped parking spaces on Main Street,” said Ousley. “If you look west on Main Street from Pasquale’s, there are not many spaces.”
Perkins said the City had the required amount of handicapped spaces and that adding additional ones would require revamping sidewalks and also might result in the elimination of spaces because a handicapped space essentially requires two spaces for proper vehicle entry and exit.
He pointed out existing spaces and said the city would install a sign to better identify one near City Hall.
Perkins also revived a committee to study parking issues, appointing Council members Beth Ousley, Jan Bishop and Glen Teager.
Council adopted a resolution to accept and execute a deed of conveyance from Certified Oil Corp., f/k/a Douglas Oil Corporation, for no monetary consideration.
“Essentially, it’s a gift from Certified Oil,” Perkins said.
The land parcel is at the intersection of Tolliver Street and Dairy Avenue. Perkins said the city will widen the road for easier turning capabilities at that intersection.