Barbara Nicholas who resides on one of the affected blocks asked council to “give it time” as having that part of Mulberry Street one-way has altered traffic near her home for the better. She said the $2,000 that was spent to paint the angled parking spaces along that street could have been better spent if the city were to change it back to a two-way street.
Councilwoman Kathy Garrett and Recorder Judy Wiseman both said they had spoken to area business owners concerning the traffic and parking situation who said they liked having angled parking at the end of the block.
Though Sue Quillen, councilwoman, said she did not wish to detract from the improvements made to the downtown area by the Ravenswood Development Authority, she had signatures of residents who wanted Mulberry Street to return to being a two-way street. “That’s 101 people that cared,” she said.
Prior to the vote, Councilman Gary Lawson said before changing the direction of the traffic and doing away with the angled parking, the city needed to look at ways to divert the truck traffic that has been using residential streets to make deliveries. Council voted against the ordinance, opting to examine the truck traffic situation before acting. Quillen abstained.
In other business, council hired Jonathan Pinson as an officer in the Ravenswood Police Department starting at $12.70 per hour. He will begin his duties in Ravenswood on Feb. 1.
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