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Alderman decide against eliminating parking places
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McMinnville officials will not restrict parking on Court Square to allow easier access to Main Street for trucks and trailers coming up Depot Bottom Street.A joint meeting of the Safety Committee and Streets and Sanitation Committee was held Tuesday night. Aldermen Rick Barnes, Billy Wood, Jimmy Bonner and Mike Neal voted unanimously to make no changes to parking.Bringing the item under consideration two weeks ago was Bonner, who said he had received complaints from people who had a hard time making the right turn from Depot Bottom Street onto Court Square while pulling a trailer. At that time, Bonner recommended making two to three of the parking spaces “no parking” from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mayor Jimmy Haley was asked to meet with area business owners to see how they felt about the idea.Haley reported that losing parking spaces during peak business hours received a negative response.“They were all sympathetic to the request, but they didn’t want to lose parking places,” said Haley.