City alters proposed parking restrictions

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On July 11, the city council had planned to vote on the second reading of an ordinance prohibiting limiting parking 50 feet from the intersection of North Street and West High Street. Instead, the council held the first reading of a revised ordinance limiting parking within 25 feet of the intersection.

Fannie Lambe and Sheila Wiser asked the council to reconsider the proposal. Lambe wrote a letter to the city, and Wiser addressed the council in person.

Wiser said they understood why the city was concerned, however, they believe the problem had been addressed. Lambe recently completed building a garage, and during the construction her vehicles were parked on the curb.

At that same time, Wiser said her adult children were staying with her. One of them planned to move this week and another plans to move within a few months.

Her suggestion was changing the parking prohibition from 50 feet to 25 feet from the intersection. Police Chief Wally Brady said he could support a 25-foot prohibited parking zone at the intersection.

As a result, the council amended the original ordinance and approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting parking within 25 feet of the intersection. The ordinance will take effect if the council approves a second reading and the city publishes the ordinance.

In other business:

- The council approved a request by Brad Mattingly on behalf of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce regarding this year's Ham Days.

The chamber sought noise variances for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Lebanon and from 6 p.m. to midnight at the outdoor stage at Centre Square. Mattingly said the Ham Jam is being held at Centre Square because the featured performer will be national recording artist Jason Michael Carroll. 

The chamber also requested a noise variance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

- The council approved a request for $2,500 to assist with Marion County Community Action's backpack program. Through the program, food is provided to low-income students during the school year.

 The city matched the $2,500 approved by the Marion County Fiscal Court.