By Ken Ross, Managing editor
Jane Miller, who successfully lobbied the Cherokee City Council for an ordinance regarding parking on Webster Street, returned to the council last week to complain that the ordinance had been verbally modified.
Miller had originally requested that the council make the street one way and close parking on one side of the street, because of the narrowness of the street. After discussions at several meetings, the council decided to keep two way traffic but to make no parking on both sides of the street.
Subsequently. an owner of a corner property contacted Ron Strickland, city administrator, and was told by Strickland that he could park on the portion of the street in front of his property. The intended site of a no parking sign was changed so as not to be on the property of the person was granted the verbal exemption.
Miller said the exemption made a mockery of the whole process.
Mark Buschkamp told the council that he has a number of close calls as a result of poor visibility on the narrow street.
The council will consider the matter at a future meeting. In the mean time, the police chief, who asked for clarification on the matter, was directed not to enforce the no parking ordinance on the section of street in front of the property of the person who was verbally given an exemption.
The council authorized the closing of Highway 59 from Bluff Street to Lake Street on Saturday, June 4 from 4 to 5 p.m. for the Rodeo Parade.
The council was informed that a Spencer business that operates a taxi service in Storm Lake is considering opening a taxi service in Cherokee.