Two-hour parking limit in downtown approved
by James Phillips
Mar 20, 2013 | 1902 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All parking around the Walker County Courthouse will soon have a two-hour limit after a vote from the Jasper City Council.

Council members approved an ordinance Tuesday to place a two-hour limit on parking on 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue from 17th Street to 20th Street, as well as 18th Street and 19 Street from 1st Avenue to 4th Avenue.

“The area will be that hashtag shape with the courthouse in the middle,” said Russ Robertson, the city’s attorney.

The fine for breaking the ordinance was set at $25.

“It will be $25 for parking for more than two hours anywhere in that zone, even if it is different parking spaces,” said Joe Matthews, the city’s public works director.

All other parking violations — including parking in a “no parking” zone and parking on the wrong side of the road — will also carry a $25 fine.

“The fines are large, but that is not to generate revenue,” Robertson said. “We want it to be a deterrent. A small fee wouldn’t stop people from illegal parking.”

Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said the ordinance will be enforced once ticket books are printed and the law is advertised. She said she expects it will take several weeks.

In other action from the meeting, the council:

•Approved a request by Naquita Gibson to conduct a “Good Walk of Faith” walk-a-thon at Gamble Park on March 30, beginning at 9 a.m.

•Approved $10,000 to be paid to the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center.

•Approved the use of Swann Gym to set up an archery program by a group from Leadership Walker County.

•Held a public hearing and approved a lounge retail liquor license for Hollywood Nights, a new night club opening at 4505 Highway 78 East.

•Held a public hearing and approved a retail beer and wine license for off-premise consumption for Commerce Avenue BP located at 300 19th Street East.

•Renewed a contract with Kustom Trophies to supply awards and tropies for Jasper Parks and Recreation activities.

•Approved a request to send out bid invitations for oil, grease and lubricants for the next year.

•Approved a request to send proposal requests for exclusive beverage marketing rights at Jasper Parks and Recreation facilities for three years.

•Appropriated $3,725 in emergency funds to repair the elevator at Swann Gymnasium.

•Approved a budget amendment to provide capital outlay for mowing equipment for the city’s street department.

•Approved travel for city employees attending the Alabama Municipal Revenue Officers Certification Training Institute.

•Approved travel for Robertson to attend the CLE Alabama seminar on legal issues facing city and county governments.

•Introduced an ordinance to amend a current ordinance to regulate the operation of pawn shops, money lenders and second dealers and buyers of gold, silver and precious metals within the city. The ordinance would force those businesses to provide a daily, electronic ledger of what they bring in to the Jasper Police Department.