Watts defends park strip restoration

The so-called ‘park strip’ issue has been a big one in the Logan municipal election campaign but incumbent Mayor Randy Watts says it is a small but very vocal group making park strips a priority issue. Watts says removing park strips has done what it was intended to do, to clean up inner Logan, but he says some property owners are justifiably upset about a proposed $200 fee to park on the street now that park strips are gone. “It really comes back to: should the citizens take the brunt,” Watts asks. “And I know the argument is, ‘well aren’t we citizens also?’ But look at what all the other businesses in town have had to do to meet the criteria. All the newer apartments from the ’70s on have met that criteria and spent the dollars to bring about proper parking.” On KVNU’s For the People program Monday, October 19, Watts said officials are going to take another look at the parking fee and the dollar amount may be changed. Watts says property owners may want to look at other options, such as back yards or side yards, before they decide to put all the needed parking on the street.

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