Two resolutions will focus on CARTS relocation, Public Piazza lighting contract
The council will act on changing the parking rules for 8 parking spaces along the east side of Pine Street between Third and Fourth Streets.
That section of road is where the county’s CARTS buses will be using as a central downtown hub through the end of August.
As first reported by WRFA in March, CARTS was required to find a new temporary hub in the downtown due to the construction and closure that is taking place in front of the National Comedy Center and Gateway Train Station along W. Second Street.
As WRFA reported last week, the CARTS buses have been using the area of Cherry Street between W. Third and W. Fourth Streets as a temporary waiting area, although that’s created some issues with the Hotel Jamestown and its residential entrance area along Cherry St. As a result, they were looking into another temporary location with Pine St. being the location city and county officials have agreed upon.
Under the resolution that will go before the city council, the Pine St. parking spaces (which are located in the 2-hour courtesy zone of the downtown – see map below) will not be available for public use from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in order to allow the buses to park and pick up or drop off passengers. The parking rules will remain in effect until Sept. 1, when the downtown CARTS hub will return to the area of W. Second Street.
Meanwhile, the council will also act on a resolution to a contract with Ahlstrom-Schaeffer, which was the low bidder for lighting work on the W. Second Street public piazza. Funding from the project comes from a state grant the city received earlier this year. Because officials want to have that work completed before the end of July, they felt it was important to act on the matter sooner rather than later.
The June 11 voting session will begin at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers will be open to the public, although there will not be an opportunity for public comment.