DANVILLE — Controversy over a new parking ordinance has been set aside, at least for the near term, in the Village of Danville. Enforcement of a parking ban on West Main Street was to begin July 2, but the plan was shelved by the Village Council after hearing from concerned residents.
Council also discussed the just-completed Howard-Danville Turkey Festival and had the happy task of welcoming Danville police officer Chad Lishness back to active duty from injury leave.
Council voted in the parking ban, which applied to the north side of West Main Street from the square to the village limits, at its May 6 meeting. A moratorium on active enforcement had force until July 2, and for the second straight council meeting a contingent of affected residents protested full implementation.
Mayor Bob Dile opened the topic with a property-by-property review of residents’ concerns and alternatives to on-street parking, but it became apparent that all rough edges couldn’t be ironed out on the spot. Council’s rationale for the ban derived from both safety and logistical issues and was detailed in a letter from Dile.
Brian Durbin, a spokesman for the residents, countered that the ban was too extreme a measure.
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