The city of Covington is going to remove some parallel parking spots downtown and replace them with the diagonal parking spaces found elsewhere.
Parallel parking can currently be found on Church Street from Scoops south to Bradley’s Bar-B-Que, but the Covington City Council voted Monday to instead have diagonal parking spaces on both sides of the street from Church to Reynolds Street and further south on the side of the street in front of the Bradley’s building.
Planning director Randy Vinson said he believed the parallel parking was created to make more room for the tractor trailers that used to travel through the square when the roads around it were a state route. Now that the state route has been rerouted along the Covington Bypass Road, the spaces can be changed back to diagonal spots.
The hour limits on the spaces will not change. Parking spaces one block off the square have a two-hour limit, Councilman Chris Smith said Monday.
In addition, four parking spots on Clark Street across from Pace Street will now have a two-hour parking limit from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. The change is being made because the spots are there for businesses but are taken up for sometimes days at a time by nearby residents.
Vinson said the residents will still have their normal parking spaces.
City to sell Winn Dixie stock
In other council news, the City Council voted to redeem stock in Winn Dixie that it received when the company went through bankruptcy proceedings several years ago.
The company gave the city stock as part of an outstanding balance owed to the city for a local store.
City attorney Ed Crudup recommended the city redeem the stock, because there was a time limit in which the city could do so.
The stock will be worth about $11,000, City Manager Leigh Anne Knight said.
Wedding to close down street for hour
Monticello Street will be closed down from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., June 8 in front of Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast for a wedding.
The bride requested the closing so noise from car traffic would not interfere with the ceremony. The council approved the request.