City limits student parking in public lot

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New parking restrictions in the North Main parking lot were unanimously approved by the Roxboro City Council Tuesday night.

This action was taken in response to concerns expressed by the Christian Help Center.

Christian Help Center leaders had expressed concerns that optimal customer parking for their business was being monopolized by drivers who were parking in those spaces all day long. They also asked the city to create additional handicapped parking on the east side of Depot Street.

Nearly two months ago, city staff met with the center’s executive director, Cynthia Wilson, to discuss parking concerns brought before the council during an earlier public meeting.

During the public comment, Christian Help Center board chairman Dave Hughston stated that the Christian Help Center had about 35 to 50 clients per day for lunch, plus volunteers and the hundreds of people who come by the center to receive goods and services. Churchgoers, residents who shop at nearby businesses and travelers on organized bus trips also use the parking lot, as do Roxboro Community School students.

Hughston presented the council with a handout from Feb. 5 that stated that he found that there were 42 cars from RCS in the parking lot and there were 48 empty parking spaces in the RCS parking lot around the same time.

Under the new restrictions, all 14 spaces in the North Main parking lot facing and immediately adjacent to Depot Street will be two-hour parking Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There will also be two additional handicapped-accessible parking spaces between the Christian Help Center and Schewel’s Warehouse.

Hughston believes the changes will help.

“I think it is a step in the right direction. We felt like the citizens in Person County would be better served if there was some type of restriction on that,” said Hughston.

RCS Managing Executive Director Dave Ebert responded with a statement regarding the city’s decision.

“Roxboro Community School understands the City of Roxboro’s stance on limiting parking in its city lot behind Long Memorial United Methodist Church. We have followed the discussions, and will inform our students prior to the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year that they can no longer park in that city lot during the school day.

According to Ebert, the school has ample parking space in its Woody Parking Lot for juniors and seniors who purchase their parking spaces before the beginning of the school year.

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