STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The City of Starkville will put time limits on parking through major parts of the downtown area.
City officials will add two-hour parking from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week.
The two-hour parking will be enforced on University Drive in the Cotton District, Russell Street, Page Avenue and a few other streets throughout Starkville.
Police officers and city leaders have worked on these parking limits for a few weeks, and plan to give people another week before giving out tickets, which Police Sgt. Brandon Lovelady feels is plenty of time for folks to prepare.
“If there’s no parking for the patrons, then we won’t have any customers that can come,” parking enforcement officer Curtis White said.
John Reynolds visits Starkville at least once a week on his lunch break to enjoy the downtown area, but the parking limit may change his routine.
“You’re gonna have to, not be able to spend enough time walking, eating, going to a different shop or different location,” Reynolds said. “You’re gonna have to move your vehicle every two hours.”
Angela Dees agrees the limit could negatively impact local business.
“If you had a day planned with your girlfriends or something like that, it would limit how long you could be in this area,” she said. “So, you would choose to go to a different area.”
White believes the limit will benefit downtown hangouts.
“A person will come, they know they’ve got a parking place, and they’re going to stay two hours,” he said. “They’re not gonna stay any longer than two hours to eat and then they’ll leave and it’s a cycle. We’ll be able to recycle and keep people coming and going.”
“We don’t want to just mark the parking spaces and start the next day,” Lovelady added. “That’s not doing the right thing for our community. We want to make sure we’re giving ample time, and through many communication sources, putting that information out before we start doing it.”
Despite hesitation with the limit, Reynolds said he will continue to visit downtown, but believes some people may not have the same luxury as him.