Parking on portions of two streets in Medora may soon no longer be allowed.
During a recent meeting, the town council agreed to have town attorney Matt Lorenzo draft an ordinance to ban parking on Mill Street from Adam Street to State Road 235 and on First Street from David Street to Mill Street.
There will have to be a public hearing and approval of two readings for the ordinance to go into effect. The council meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the town hall, 27 N. Perry St., Medora. Meetings are open to the public and press.
Council President Jerry Ault presented two options: Making them one-way streets or not allowing parking on the streets. He wasn’t in favor of the first option since the town isn’t big enough to have one-way streets.
"I myself personally would like to see where there’s no parking down through there," he said, specifically referring to North Mill Street.
"There are all kinds of cars that park on the south side of the road, and there’s nobody (parking) in the driveways," he said. "The last time I came down through there to go to the water tower, I couldn’t turn off the highway because I had to wait for a vehicle to come out on the highway so I could get off the highway. That’s a good way to cause an accident."
Town employee Steve Ingle said in the wintertime, he has a hard time clearing snow and ice from the streets in that area because of vehicles parked in the way.
Councilman Jim Davers said there’s also a culvert caving in on Mill Street that’s dangerous and needs replaced.
Having a no-parking ordinance on the books will allow law enforcement to fine those who violate it. The council agreed to share the fine rates with Lorenzo so he could include those.