Thursday, August 24, 2000

Lebanon parking now free Saturday

Area merchants asked council for the change

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Weekend shoppers and diners soon won't have to pay to park at meters in the Warren County seat's historic downtown.

        City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to permit free parking on Saturdays.

        Downtown merchants had requested the change in July.

        “They really don't give tickets anyway (on Saturdays), and the customers are confused,” said Sandy Fuston, an owner of the Village Ice Cream Parlor on Broadway.

        The city raised the cost of a ticket from $1 to $5 last year after merchants complained that downtown workers were monopolizing parking.

        Downtown merchants also asked Lebanon officials to post signs pointing the way to three free city-owned parking lots and public restrooms, Ms. Fuston said.

        “We want to make it a friendly town to come back to,” she said.

        City Council has not acted on that request.

        In other business Tuesday, council:

        • Voted 5-2 to spend $7,000 for electric department director Dave Clark's moving expenses.

        Mr. Clark resigned after four months, but councilman Mark Flick has said the city should follow through on its promise to reimburse him.

        Council members Amy Brewer and James Reinhard opposed the payment.

        • Voted unanimously to change Internet access charges for the city-owned telecommunications system.

        The monthly fees will be $28.95 with deluxe cable and $33.95 without, instead of the current fees of $29.95 with basic cable and $34.95 without.

        The legislation also sets cable rates for hotels and advertising rates for cable channels.


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