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Councilman wants parking enforced in downtown Steubenville

Updated: Tuesday, June 10 2014, 06:45 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Nearly a month ago, Steubenville City Council created a position for an officer designated for parking enforcement.
Now one councilman is concerned that that job may never be filled. Councilman Bob Villamagna said he feels as though other city leaders have been waffling, or second-guessing the decision, after receiving some negative feedback from residents.
Villamagna strongly believes it’s a position that needs filled.
One example he pointed out an alleyway downtown where parking is not allowed but cars are constantly sitting. It’s that, and other issues like cars parked on yellow lines, in front of hydrants, or sitting for hours in 2-hour parking spots that Villamagna points to.
"I'm upset about this,” he said. “I really am because I feel that the downtown is the key to Steubenville and nobody can get in to get into the shops."
During a 10-minute walk of downtown, Villamagna was able to point out a countless number of violations.
Among them: A car parked too close to a hydrant, cars parked on a side of a street that is marked with a no parking sign, one car that was ticketed hours earlier but not moved.
"I want people to see that we are serious about this -- and we're not serious,” he said. “Because if we were, there would be tickets on all these cars instead of one."
Villamagna said the solution is simple. Get the officer and get that person on the streets.
"I want to make sure that we do get this parking attendant,” Villamagna said. “And I want to increase the fines. A parking ticket is nothing in this town."
Despite Villamagna's concern, City Manager Tim Boland said the city is moving forward and will be filling the position by the end of the month.
He said the police chief should be wrapping up interviews this week.

Councilman wants parking enforced in downtown Steubenville


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