STARKVILLE, Mississippi (WTVA) – The City of Starkville will impose time limits on parking in major parts of downtown.
City officials will add two-hour parking from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week.
The two hour parking will be applied on University Drive in the Cotton neighborhood, Russell Street, Page Avenue and a few other streets of Starkville.
Police and city officials have been working on these parking limits for a few weeks and plan to give people an extra week before handing out tickets, which the police sergeant said. Brandon Lovelady thinks people have a lot of time to prepare.
“If there is no parking for customers, then we won’t have any customers who can come,” said parking enforcement officer Curtis White.
John Reynolds comes to Starkville at least once a week during his lunch break to enjoy downtown, but the parking limit can change his routine.
“You’re going to have to not be able to spend enough time walking, eating, going to another store or place,” Reynolds said. “You’re going to have to move your vehicle every two hours.”
Angela Dees agrees the limit could negatively impact local businesses.
“If you had a day planned with your girlfriends or something like that, it would limit the time you could spend in this area,” she said. “So you would choose to go to another region. “
White believes the limit will benefit downtown hangouts.
“One person will come, they know they have a parking space and they will stay two hours,” he said. “They’re not going to stay more than two hours to eat, then they’ll be gone and it’s a cycle. We can recycle and get people to come and go.
“We don’t want to just mark the parking spots and start the next day,” Lovelady added. “This is not doing the right thing for our community. We want to make sure that we give enough time, and through many sources of communication, to disseminate this information before we start to do so. “
Despite hesitation over the limit, Reynolds said he will continue to visit downtown, but believes some people may not have the same luxury as he does.