Havelock board discusses parking in front of business

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 17:24 PM.

Havelock commissioners addressed parking concerns in front of businesses along the service road adjacent to U.S. 70 on Monday night.

During certain evenings, those attending classes at Premier Martial Arts, located at 471 U.S. 70 East, have been parking along the service road in front of the business.

Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said parking along the shoulder of the service road violates city parking regulations. He said officers had not ticketed vehicles because the area is not marked with no parking signs.

He said though original plans called for 24 parking spaces at the business, stormwater rules requiring a retention pond caused the removal of six of those spaces.

Mayor Jimmy Sanders said children had been seen running from parked cars to the business across the service road, which has a speed limit of 45 mph.

Sanders said he and the board didn’t want to get involved in the issue but said the safety of children could not be ignored.

"I hate to do this, but I would also hate for a child to get hit by a car," Sanders said. "That’s the part that we would have to live with."



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