DANVILLE — When making a decision for the village, council members know they don’t always make everyone happy. But, with one decision recently, the Danville Village Council proceeded to upset an entire street.
At a meeting May 6, Danville Village Council passed a motion to eliminate parking on the north side of West Main Street. Council members looked at several issues, including snow removal and the fact that vehicles parked there stick out into the roadway. But, the biggest issue was giving school bus drivers an alternate route to head back to the bus garage after dropping off students at the high school in the morning.
A 60-day moratorium was given on the motion, allowing residents to continue to park on the street until July 2. After that, parking would be banned on the street from the square to the village limits.
That was enough to upset the residents of the street, who, almost unanimously, showed up for the June 3 meeting to talk with council members about the plan.
“Basically, everybody on the street was at that meeting. We saw in the [Mount Vernon News] that the village was doing away with parking on West Main Street and we weren’t happy,” said Brian Durbin, who grew up on the street in the house where his mother, Betty, continues to live. “I was trying to see where the village was coming from and I don’t agree. Especially after hearing their point. I think what they did was extreme.”
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