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Eastpointe to keep 2-hour parking limit signs at 5 spaces near library

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 22, 2018

 The Eastpointe City Council adopted a resolution during its May 15 meeting to keep two-hour parking signs in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for five parking spaces in the lot adjacent to the Eastpointe Memorial Library.

The Eastpointe City Council adopted a resolution during its May 15 meeting to keep two-hour parking signs in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for five parking spaces in the lot adjacent to the Eastpointe Memorial Library.

Photo by Bria Brown

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council unanimously adopted a resolution during its May 15 meeting for the Department of Public Works to keep two-hour parking signs in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the five westernmost parking spaces in the parking area immediately north of Oak Street and west of the Eastpointe Memorial Library.

According to Deputy City Clerk Randy Altimus, this resolution was to make permanent a change the city had already instituted on a trial basis. A temporary order for the limits from several months ago went into permanent effect May 16.

“This is parking that is between the (Eastpointe) Memorial Library and the furniture store, just before you go across the street to the post office. Just in that area, just to keep a flow of traffic,” said Altimus. 

The furniture store is Albert’s Home Furnishings.

Councilwoman Monique Owens was concerned about the crowds in the area. 

“Wouldn’t it be crowded there for those who have court? If you’re sitting there waiting, two hours probably wouldn’t be that much,” she said. 

City documents state that the purpose of the parking signs are to discourage long-term parking and encourage short-term parking in the municipal parking lot, which services the Eastpointe business district. 

“A lot of people use that parking lot, and we thought that one (side) alone we would limit to two-hour parking. Everybody has to share the parking lot; we just designated that area for two hours at a time,” said Mayor Suzanne Pixley.

Pixley said a business owner was concerned about parking. 

“One of the furniture stores there was concerned about his customers’ parking. We just limited all the parking on that side for two hours,” said Pixley.

According to city documents, Acting Public Safety Director Eric Keiser requested the resolution. Keiser stated his thoughts on the permanent change in an email to the Eastsider May 18. 

“The 2-hour parking was the common sense solution to help the businesses and library ensure there was adequate parking close to their locations. The signs were a response to several complaints. The signs were posted for a 90-day trial period and appeared to work as intended. The city of Eastpointe does what it can to support the local businesses,” Kaiser stated.

Eastpointe police will be monitoring and enforcing the parking restriction.