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City considers parking for eclipse activities

City considers parking for eclipse activities

June 8th, 2017 by Nicole Roberts in News

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The Jefferson City Council Committee on Administration approved a measure Wednesday to scale back parking regulations during the solar eclipse events later this summer, sending it to the full City Council.

Jefferson City will experience a total solar eclipse around 1:15 p.m. Aug. 21 for about 2 minutes. The city expects an increase of people in the area because of the eclipse events.

To help people participating in the events, parking regulations would apply only for bus stops, disabled parking areas, no parking areas and loading zones. Parking regulations also will apply for blocking sidewalks or crosswalks. Parking garages will remain open and monitored.

City Administrator Steve Crowell said the city has not heard what the state's plans are for that day.

The committee also discussed expanding where food trucks can operate in the city. Food trucks can currently operate in private parking lots if they have permission from the parking lot's owner. The food truck can't hinder the business or businesses around it, so it can't take up too many parking spaces.

Committee members said they were concerned about food trucks taking away business from local restaurants if they are allowed to park along the street, but they also said they saw where the food trucks might provide more food options for residents.

The commitee plans to discuss the food trucks topic more at a future meeting.