Panel votes to take down parking meters

Anthony Cloud Staff Writer

October 15, 2013

The Pineville City Council voted on Monday to remove parking meters throughout the city. The action came during a regular city council meeting. Councilman Bo Bush made the motion.

Utility Manger Bill Bunch said he would have his men take up the meters as long as he had clear direction and authority to do so.

Bush said the meters just didn’t look good inside the city. Main Street Pineville (MSP) Director Jacob Roan added that an individual from the Small Business Administration came to town and one of his biggest complaints was the parking meters.

Pineville City Attorney John Gambrel said if the parking meters are to be removed, then they need to be completely removed and not just cut. He said in his private practice he has encountered cases involving cut meters that created tripping hazards.

Prior to the decision, there were concerns regarding the flags used during special events and holidays such as the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival and the Fourth of July. The parking meters are used to hold the flags during those events.

Roan said the city could let MSP come up with a plan for the flags and how to handle the situation. Bunch said he could have his men start working on the meters located on side streets that don’t have flag holders until there is a solution for the meters used for flags.

Pineville Mayor Sherwin Rader was also concerned about businesses that use the parking meters for business signs. There was no decision made regarding what those businesses will have to do.

The council will discuss the issue over the next few weeks involving the flags and business signs.

Councilman Tuck Woolum brought up the idea of annexing U.S. 25E during the council meeting as well. His idea was to just annex the highway, which would not include any personal property, as far to Knox County and Middlesboro as they could.

“If we want to grow, then we have to grow out,” said Woolum.

He said if it could be done, then any business that opens along the highway could be annexed into the city.

Gambrel said there would be no problems with annexing just the highway unless there is some sort of special statute.

The council agreed to research the idea and have a report sometime in the near future.

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