TURLOCK — Coming down to City Hall? Now you can stop and hang around awhile.
The City Council on Tuesday night approved changing the parking time limit from one to two hours on South Broadway.
Police Capt. Mike Langston said the change would bring the street in line with the rest of the downtown area.
In a report to the council, Langston said the two-hour limit is designed to encourage people to eat and shop downtown.
"Shopping, dining and entertainment are therein supported by turnover while still allowing sufficient time for patrons to frequent local establishments," he said. Langston pointed out that since the one-hour limit was adopted, new businesses including a bakery and a restaurant have opened on South Broadway.
Mayor John Lazar asked Trina Walley, executive director of the Turlock Downtown Association, if she was in favor of the idea. He got an enthusiastic nod in return.
The parking regulations are in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. So anyone parking there for a marathon City Council meeting Tuesday nights would be safe from a ticket.
This week's meeting was anything but a marathon; it concluded within 50 minutes. Several key city officials are in Washington, D.C., to lobby the federal government for money. Councilman Kurt Spycher, City Manager Roy Wasden and Police Chief Gary Hampton are part of the contingent.
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