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Parking plan heads to council committee Tuesday

Parking in downtown Jonesboro (Source: KAIT) Parking in downtown Jonesboro (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A plan to free up parking on Main and Union streets in downtown Jonesboro is heading to a key city council meeting Tuesday with police wanting to alleviate the issue. 

The Jonesboro City Council's Public Safety Committee is set to discuss the issue at its meeting Tuesday.

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott told Region 8 News that the plan would seek to free up the two-hour parallel parking on Main and Union, using larger lots for designated free parking. 

In the past few months, business owners have seen vehicles park in the parallel zone (set for two hours) for several hours. The vehicles have also left parking at a premium downtown. 

Hailey Knight, executive director of the Downtown Jonesboro Association, said the downtown parking issue has been difficult for business owners. 

"They'll come to us and say, hey we've had a car sitting out here for about two days now and it's affecting our clientele," Knight said. "They say they can't park it easily, It's definitely helped having a parking patrol with our businesses."

Anyone caught illegally parking can face a $25 fine as well as see their vehicle disabled or booted if they have several offenses within a six-month period. 

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