Parking enforcement takes over Downtown Jonesboro

Parking enforcement takes over Downtown Jonesboro
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Changes are coming to Downtown Jonesboro's parking and it's something that could cost you if you don't pay attention.

If you frequented Downtown Jonesboro a few years ago, it's not so much a change as it is a "back to the way things were."

Parking enforcement is back in downtown.

The decision comes on the heels of a request by the Downtown Jonesboro Association to reimplement the program.

It's been four years since there has been parking enforcement downtown, and areas businesses can tell.

Chef and CEO of The Parsonage 322, John Myers, said this will be a bit of a hurdle for those who have become accustomed to parking along Main Street for hours on end.

In the end, it is a good thing for people who make a living downtown.

"It creates that ambiance or that appearance that it is busy," Myers said. "We are busy and we are. Downtown Jonesboro is the reason we came here. We picked Jonesboro over Nashville so we came here because of the growth and the positive flow and now that the parking is being enforced, that will just give it that appearance of moving more."

The parking enforcement position is a part time position through the Jonesboro Police Department.

Chief Rick Elliott told Region 8 News he met with city attorneys Friday to hammer out the details of the parking enforcement ordinance which includes fines.

That ordinance will still have to be approved by the Jonesboro City Council.

Warnings are already being handed out downtown, giving people a chance to change their parking habits before tickets are handed out.

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