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Loading zones could be converted to parking spaces
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Trucks blocking lanes on Main Street are a common occurrence as they load or unload supplies to downtown businesses. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

McMinnville officials are unloading a few designated parking spaces on Main Street as unnecessary due to trucks utilizing the street. 

“We talked, several months back, about some of the parking spaces that are set up for unloading trucks that aren’t even being used,” said Vice Mayor Everett Brock during Tuesday night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. 

That discussion was held in April 2021 in a city Streets and Sanitation Committee meeting. At that time, considered were the loading zones located in front of City Hall, Panther Creek Forestry, Stanley & Bratcher, Magness Library and the District Attorney General’s Office.

“I know the one by TOPZ is not being used,” said Brock. “Every morning when I come through there, there’s a truck parked in the middle of the street instead of using it. I don’t think they can get into it. I would like to keep pursuing that, if we can get a recommendation on which we can get rid of and which ones we can convert into parking spaces."

McMinnville Public Works Department director Frank Southard recommended leaving the loading zone in front of Stanley & Bratcher to improve visibility.

“When you pull from the courthouse onto Main Street, there’s limited visibility there,” Southard said. “If you allow use of that as a parking spot, it will be full all the time probably.”

Brock replied, “It’s hard to look around a truck, too, when it’s parked in the middle of the street.”

Southard was instructed to review all Main Street loading zones and given permission to remove any he feels are unnecessary.