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7/30/2013 10:54:00 AM
Editorial: Route 66 parking restrictions too strict?
Williams-Grand Canyon News

Last week, parking on Route 66 in Williams was in the News after the Williams Police Department arrested a local hotel owner after he removed tickets from some of his hotel guests' cars.

While some of the details of the incident remain unclear, one thing is certain - making parking simple for visitors to Williams is a good idea.

City officials will continue to discuss the city's parking ordinance. Ordinance 922, adopted in July 2011, prohibits parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. every day of the week on one downtown block. The previous ordinance banned parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on a longer stretch of Route 66 and other streets downtown.

The ordinance allows for street cleaning without cars parked up and down the street.

Clean streets are a good idea. But most towns have some version of alternate side parking. One or two days per week parking is restricted on one side of the street. On different days parking is restricted on the other side.

Why restrict parking every day? The city isn't cleaning Route 66 every day. That would never be necessary.

The city does have an ordinance that prohibits parking downtown in a snow storm to allow snow removal crews to do their job quickly. That's reasonable.

It is true, there is parking available in city lots just minutes from Route 66. But with talk of parking shortages cropping up every so often, why not open up the downtown area to overnight parking?

Let's make it easy for visitors and residents alike to enjoy downtown Williams.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: Come on People

So you mean to tell me if I get a ticket and I cannot pay it but someone else offers to pay it for me the POLICE are going to arrest that person?! Give me a break! Do they have nothing better to do than watch the owners to see what they are doing? Or is it the other busybody people in this town complaining about a visitor from another country parking there. It is any easy fix. Get rid of the parking ordinance. Saying that the visitors can park in the city parking is a joke With that Monstrous Zipline thing the city put in to bring in money there is not a lot of room left for parking. I say Kudos and Good Job to the hotel owner for NOT letting the foreign visitors or anyone visitor for that matter go home with a bad taste of Williams in their mouth.

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Article comment by: mcgee can't read

There is a issue, and a easy solution. Why can't you understand that?

Make a schedule of when the city will clean route 66 and railroad and put it on the sign. Open for parking except the days posted. How hard is that????

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article comment by: Whodunnit McGee

Who cares? I travel to work every morning at 5am I see no one downtown so why even complain about a non-existent parking issue. People complain about the town looking dirty then complain when they ARE NOT inconvenienced while the city cleans up. I see hem cleaning atleast 3-4 times during the week, not including weekends.

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article comment by: it would be too hard

How hard is it would it be for the city, led by the great mayor and city manager to set a schedule for cleaning Railroad Ave. and Route 66. They only have 7 days to pick from. Then if someone is parked on the day that there is no parking,then they get a ticket. The other days are open. I'm sure they don't clean the streets more then once a week do they?

This whole 7 day a week ban is as ridiculous as counting on hot dog and weddings to increase the city's take at the golf course.

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