”The food truck park planned spaces for four food trucks with seven parking spaces on the property. An agreement was reached with the church across the street to use its parking lot for overflow parking. ”
Chuck Beatty, a council member, shared the same concerns expressed by the planning and zoning commission.“The main concern is health and safety,” Beatty said. “There are only seven parking spaces on the site, and you (might) have to cross a major thoroughfare to get to this location.”
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August 27, 2018: As a followup to this post, and unfortunately just a few days after the City Council meeting, a traffic accident involved a teen crossing Northgate Drive adjacent to the Junior High School after school. The driver was heading toward Walmart when they hit the student. The student was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures and doesn’t appear to have any lasting injuries.
The issue is eerily like the “health and safety” concern of the Council in voting to deny the Food Park. But, this is clearly a smaller street with much less traffic. AND, it’s a School Zone where speeds should be reduced during school times. From the signage seen above, the Speed Limit is 30 mph. There is a cross-walk at the corner and one on down past where the accident occurred, but the student crossed the road where there was no crossing. There is certainly enough blame to go around here, but the area could be marked better for drivers AND students, in my personal opinion.