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Whitewater to try angle parking downtown

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Carla McCann
December 19, 2007
— Whitewater will test angle parking downtown, giving shoppers about 15 more parking spots.

The city council Tuesday approved the spring test for Main Street and for Second Street between Center and Main streets.


The city now has about 62 parallel parking stalls in the area.


Because no lines separate the parallel stalls, much of that space is wasted, said Tami Brodnicki, director of Downtown Whitewater, which operates the city’s Main Street program.


“Angle parking is a great idea. I’d like to see us move forward (on this),” Brodnicki said before the council voted.


The change was approved by a 7-1 vote. Councilman Jim Stewart voted against it.


Council members voting in support were: President Marilyn Kienbaum; Vice President Maxwell Taylor; Craig Stauffer; Thomas “Kim” Hixson; Patrick Singer; and Roy Nosek.


Stewart, who is an at-large member of the council, said Main Street is the city’s main corridor and it should be kept open.


“People don’t want to deal with angle parking, having people pulling out in front of them,” Stewart said. “It’s a main throughway. Why clog it up? Let them (motorists) go through.”


Nosek said if the city doesn’t try it, it will never know if more parking stalls could be obtained.


If it doesn’t work, the city always can reinstate parallel parking, Nosek said.


The only cost would be a bucket of paint, he said.



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