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Downtown group discusses parking issues

Friday, March 12, 2010

Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer and Municipal Services Director Bill Anderson were special guests at the Downtown Marshall Association meeting Monday evening, March 8.

Latimer and Anderson were present to discuss a problem that has caused some tensions between downtown business owners and workers: parking. Certain individuals have complained that people are parking in front of their workplaces on the square, violating the city's two-hour parking ordinance and taking up spaces that could be available to customers throughout the day.

Another problem is the courthouse renovations, where construction crews have used some parking spaces to store equipment and materials. However, Latimer said, the parking spaces on the inside of the square belong to the county, not the city.

"I really wish that this issue could be solved by the merchants themselves," Latimer said, rather than the city getting involved.

But, she added, "We're willing to do whatever we need to do."

DMA Chair Amy Crump concurred and said, "I agree that the best solutions come from within the group."

She said that parking had already been on her list of topics to be addressed once DMA is fully formed, complete with officers and a board of directors, this July.

"That'll be the first item that we'll discuss as an organization," she said.

DMA as an organization was the other main topic of discussion at the meeting Monday evening. The group is now ready to formally introduce itself to the community and invite people to join as board members, so those present discussed plans for a "launch party" event.

"I'm hoping that our launch re-initiates interest," Crump said.

DMA will hold its "launch party" Monday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the conference room at Marshall Public Library. There will be time for mingling and conversation, followed by brief presentations about the group's mission, plans and structure. Anyone interested is invited to attend for information and light refreshments.

Besides Crump, DMA members Josh King, Mary Ann Piper and Brian Riley were present at the meeting.

Contact Sydney Stonner at marshallbusiness@socket.net

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I know the shop with the yellow and red sign. Night Sky, I guess you know nothing about marketing. I see the shop as an asset to the downtown of Marshall. The shop offers affordable items during these hard economical times. There is plenty of people who support the shop, we should all support downtown Marshall. We all need to find positive attitudes in our town, so we can all grow as a community. All of the business owners and residents needs to attend the next DMA Downtown Marshall Association meeting. Monday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the conference room at Marshall Public Library.

-- Posted by Construction on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 9:01 AM

I think I found the offending storefront today, but it's not actually entirely bright yellow. The sign on top is trimmed in a very bright shade of yellow and red. Is that the one we're talking about here?

-- Posted by Miss Marple on Thu, Mar 25, 2010, at 7:21 PM

farmer'sgranddaughter, I certainly can object to a color of a storefront. It's my opinion and I have the right to give an opinion.

Why are you being so defensive? It's not your business I called ugly. It's on the opposite side of the square from yours.

-- Posted by Night Sky on Mon, Mar 22, 2010, at 7:42 PM

To Night Sky... and others,

If the parties who actually own property or operate a business on the square do not object to the mentioned appearance of a business, you certainly should not either!

Anyone discussing or arguing over the parking issue or any other issue downtown should let the business owners and property owners handle this situation instead of passing unwarrented or unqualified judgements! That includes the so called "Downtown organization", many of whom do not operate business downtown or own property there either. Therefore, they should not have a say about this parking matter or any other.

-- Posted by farmer'sgranddaughter on Mon, Mar 22, 2010, at 11:02 AM

All of this is about donuts?

Some good ole down home innovation should fix this un right up. Donut Man should put a sign in front of his store.


1. Park three stores down and burn 25 calories.

2. Park across the square and burn 75 calories.

3. Walk from home burn 100, 200, even 300 calories!


-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Sun, Mar 21, 2010, at 11:47 PM

Ok, Night..I'm going to have to do a drive around to see this because I MUST have blocked it out!!!

To "We are what we repeatedly do," maybe you should go let that little ramble off on the owner of the business who is doing the complaining. In front of the office I work in, there are a max of two clients there at a time (if there is more, they came in the same car), so what..I should NOT park in front where there are open spots so that this guy can sell some doughnuts and the people going there can park in front of my place of employment and then WALK over there? Yeah, he does close around or before noon and he's going to raise a stink and go around the square complaining, cursing at business owners and TELLING them they WILL move their cars, not asking them? It's insane. I have not ONCE changed where I parked, nor will I. He calls the workers at a neighboring business a nice name that starts with "B" but that's ok..because it's all about the doughnuts, baby! If he wants to raise a big stink about other people parking in front of buildings that they own, then maybe he should move his vehicle to a side street and walk, just like he's demanding everyone else to.

-- Posted by MG2008 on Sun, Mar 21, 2010, at 12:17 AM

There is no such thing as incontinences!!!!

-- Posted by Gal66 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 8:41 AM

Small town America seems to be spoiled. Perhaps in your thoughts you will recall attending a high school/college/preschool graduation, sporting event, concert, traveling to a shopping mall, museum, wedding, funeral, baptism/christening, an auction/rummage sale, or any ole' family/friends get-together. If you chose to watch your loved one receive the honor, be there to cheer your team on, experience the live music, purchase an item at a particular shoppe, view artifacts collected and displayed with historical reverence, witness the nuptials, honor the passing of a friend or family member, pray for those beginning a life with Christ, bid on/purchase material possesses of another, or to socialize among those you care for -- parking wasn't the focus of the purpose. Minor incontinences are a part of life as we know it. For the love of Pete, put life in perspective - we are here (or there) for a purpose, not an ideal parking space.

-- Posted by We are what we repeatedly do. on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 11:23 AM

MG, it's bright yellow. Ugly. Hurts my eyes to look at it.

-- Posted by Night Sky on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 5:18 PM

Well my thinking is that he is only open till noon, and sometimes closed even before eleven. So if you really think about it from 4AM till noon how many spaces does he think he needs?!?! They grab and go and personally I see his car parked right in front of his own place and sometimes it's there for a nice period of time. Going around and handing out papers that has a date of 1947 on it and trying to get mouthy with workers and owners around the square isn't the right way to deal with it. Really it makes me want to park my car right in front of his place! Just my thoughts on it!!!

-- Posted by maksmommy on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 1:51 PM

I work on the square..I can't think of a guady business? Maybe I should drive around it and take a closer look :P

And also, if you work in an office that will have only one to two customers at a time, then parking in front of your own business shouldn't be a problem, as there will be enough spaces.

-- Posted by MG2008 on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 12:10 PM

I am told there are 19 predatory loan establishments in Marshall. If this is correct, it is a disgrace. Is there also a retired banker that owns one of them? Shame on that banker.

-- Posted by izaak on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 8:17 PM

I think an illegal title loan shop on the square would be great, yep in the front they could sell.....pastries, yea, pastries, and behind the scenes they could offer title loans that basically can't be repaid....hey democrat, be a newspaper and find that news. Or is there another panhandler coming in in april?

-- Posted by thisguy on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 8:01 PM

By my way of thinking, if someone is going to cry over a parking space, they won't get my business. And another thing-- isn't there so much else in the world to get worked up about besides a parking spot-- you must not be doing enough business to keep you busy if you have time to complain about parking spaces. Maybe one's tendency to gripe about petty things spreads into one's customer service practices---- just a thought!!!!!

-- Posted by workingmom on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 11:26 AM

Is there any governing body that establishes certain rules or regulations for businesses on the square? Is that what DMA group wants to do? I don't want to see such silly rules that it turns into a neighborhood association type thing but having certain color choices would be good. There's one particular business front that is too gawdy and not in good taste at all. It's too bright and doesn't reflect the image the other shops project.

I think the owners can work out the parking issues among themselves by using simple courtesy. Don't take up the parking spaces of your neighbor's business, for one. And, really, you shouldn't even park in front of your own store. That's for your customers.

-- Posted by Night Sky on Mon, Mar 15, 2010, at 9:56 PM

All of the business owners needs to attend the next DMA Downtown Marshall Association meeting. Monday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the conference room at Marshall Public Library.

-- Posted by Construction on Mon, Mar 15, 2010, at 8:23 PM

I am not a business owner on the square. I do frequent the square every couple of days. The only time I have a problem with parking is when I try to park to go in the Bank. As far as the tow truck on the square, it is the same size as an other full size truck and it only takes up one parking spot so I don't know what the big deal is.

-- Posted by lovingmarshall on Mon, Mar 15, 2010, at 8:12 AM

I for one don't like the square to look like a place to park a tow truck! Plus when he parks it he has to pose it so it takes up several spots. For shame.

-- Posted by lovesbacon on Mon, Mar 15, 2010, at 2:01 AM

I work on the square, and I will continue to park in front of my place of employment. The way in which this particular person has gone about bringing up this issue is just rediculous. Threatening to call the police and file complaints if you don't park elsewhere? Well, I wouldn't mind parking in front of HIS business and walking to work..Would that get him to shut up? I honestly don't believe that ME parking in front of my place of employment is hindering HIS business in any way, shape or form. We aren't even on the same side of the square. Act like an adult already. If people want a doughnut that bad, they'll find a way to get there.

-- Posted by MG2008 on Sun, Mar 14, 2010, at 5:45 PM

No, the best solutions come from the business owners themselves, not the downtown group. Let the owners solve this without interference. It's like the old theory that too many cooks spoil the broth. Too many new rules and interference....you know?

-- Posted by Night Sky on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 8:49 PM

I don't personally own a business on the square, but I know people who do...I have had them vent to me about the parking issue. That being said, maybe someone could volunteer to get the group together to find a reasonable way to handle this...before July. Things will only get worse if it takes that long.

-- Posted by Scarpetta on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 4:54 PM

Yep for over 25 years that I have been a business up their well this is the first time that a complaint has been raised....perhaps he/they are making a mountain out of a mole hill..usual from what I know...JMHO

-- Posted by Dave in MidMO on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 2:29 PM

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