Dillon council acts on parking regulations

First Reading passage

Dillon drivers may soon have to move more slowly through downtown alleys and more quickly through their downtown shopping to-do lists – and spend a lot of time brushing up on parking restrictions – with the Dillon City Council’s approval of the first reading of an ordinance amending the Dillon Municipal Code Title 10 at their meeting Dec. 18.

The ordinance could establish, among other things, a 10-mile per hour speed limit in alleys and a 15-minute parking limit in specially designated parking spaces within the city’s central business district.

The council gave its unanimous, 6-0, approval to the ordinance’s first reading, with “ayes” from all the present city councilpersons—Harvey Lake, Dan Nye, Derek Gore, Lynn Westad, Bob Cottom and David Spehar.

Approval of a second reading and then a final vote by city council early next year will be required before the ordinance can become law.

The ordinance states that it aims to address the “increased demand for parking in general and parking in the central business district in particular,” and to “prevent congestion, increase the efficiency of street maintenance, and promote the public safety and welfare of the citizens of Dillon.”

The 10-page document goes into detail to attempt to address and clarify a number of city parking and traffic issues, including police authority to regulate the movement of traffic and pedestrians, and to enforce provisions in the Dillon Municipal Code.

The ordinance goes into particular detail about illegal parking, setting a number of parking time limitations. Originally scheduled for a vote at the Dec. 4 council meeting, the ordinance was pulled from the agenda for two weeks while some of its language was adjusted and clarified.