Police department discusses bringing back downtown parking attendant

Downtown Needs Traffic Officer
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department is looking at bringing back a part-time position that's been empty for years.

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said Tuesday that they are looking at reinstating a parking attendant for the downtown area.

Chief Elliott said the position already exists in the police department's budget; it's just not been filled for a few years.

"We're not going to use this private company that we used last time. It was a company out of Colorado," Chief Elliott said.

Because of that, Chief Elliott said they have to adjust the parking.

"We're trying to line out now, the ticketing and the fines," Chief Elliott said. "So we've got a little bit of clean up to do."

Shanna Haworth not only lives downtown, she's also an active volunteer in the area.

Haworth said having someone enforce parking rules downtown would be extremely helpful to area businesses.

"The problems lie with people just parking all day long. I think with the talk that I've heard with the two-hour parking enforcement and a code officer down here. I think that will really help the businesses down here to get more foot traffic into the buildings," Haworth said.

Haworth said having an added police presence would also help the area.

Chief Elliott didn't specify when the position would start. However, he said that because it is a part-time position, they should be able to fund it through the rest of the year without amending their 2016 budget.

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