STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - People in Starkville will soon need to add a new app to their phone in order to pay to park in parts of the city.
One of the main targets in the city leaders' map is the Cotton District.
“It’s not intended to be particularly onerous," explained Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill. "It’s just intended to make sure that people just don’t park there 24/7.”
The city leaders believe by adding paid parking, it will provide a consistent turnover of cars parking in each spot during normal business hours.
The paid parking would start on Montgomery Street and move through the Cotton District towards Mississippi State University.
This area is a common hangout spot for students at the university.
One MSU junior said he's not a fan of the potential cash grab.
“It’s a cool place to hang out, get off campus for a little while. Adding paid parking just makes it more difficult, kinda keeps us in the house now," said Ethan LeBlanc. "Why would I want to go pay for parking? I’d rather park on campus and just walk if that’s the case.”
The city plans to use a phone application for customers to pay for the parking space.
In fact, Spruill said it would be the same app used by the MSU students on campus.
Some say it may be a burden to drivers, but Mayor Spruill believes it will be more beneficial for the businesses in that area.
Spruill said she hopes to get the app up and running by January.
The board hoped to discuss the details in the next board meeting on Tuesday; however, the application company did not send a contract prior to the meeting.
Once they receive the contract, they will iron out the details like how much parking would cost or if there will be a time limit.