Fulton council revisits, approves first reading of downtown parking changes

Last month, the Fulton City Council approved a proposal from the Brick District Committee to change parking ordinances in downtown’s Brick District Overlay Area.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the council approved first reading on a series of ordinances that will put that proposal into effect.

First up was an ordinance that would change the parking time limit for the free street parking from two to three hours, a move Ward 2 Councilman Lowe Cannell questioned.

“A lot of the downtown business people say (visitors) can’t shop and eat lunch in two hours,” said Nancy Lewis, who was representing the Brick District Committee. “Three hours should be an ample amount of time.”

The next ordinance would change parking violation fines from $5 to $20. If the fine is not paid within three business days, the fine increases to $40.

A third ordinance eliminate a section of the existing parking ordinance that prohibits parking in three metered spaces in the Nichols Street lot between midnight and 7 a.m.

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