Northgate Fire Lane Enforcement Begins MondayFeatured Stories, News Friday, November 9th, 2012
Improvements in the Northgate district have included new fire lanes.
What city staff called loose enforcement in the past ends on Monday, when tickets will be issued.
One businessman says that will cause trouble in the delivery of food and beverages to restaurants and bars.
The College Station City Council was asked Thursday night by Kevin Prejean of Kirsten Distributing to postpone enforcement.
Prejean says if CDL drivers get tickets, they could not continue driving for their company.
Prejean says their drivers visit Northgate two to three times a day, and there are currently no parking locations that are safe for their drivers and the public.
Because the request was made during the public comment portion of the meeting, state law prohibited the council from taking action.
Planning and Development Services Director Bob Cowell issued the following statement:
“The area they (Prejean) are talking about is a fire lane, therefore the decision about parking (i.e.: no parking allowed) has already been made. We have tried over the years to loosely enforce this, but have had to step-up our efforts due to some abuses. We have provided a period of warning for the past few weeks (which they mentioned) and will move to enforcing the fire lane prohibitions on parking on Monday.
We have sought, and will continue to seek, adequate loading zones in the area. However, we also expect the private landowners — including those who own private parking lots — and the Northgate District Association to do their part to help address this issue. In many cases, this has not yet occurred.”
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