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Owensboro presented with new parking plan

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

The Owensboro City engineer presented a new parking plan to the city commission Tuesday afternoon. 

The engineer says with all the changes downtown, the plan will make better use of the private parking lots and garages.

The main goal of the plan is to make parking more efficient so people can come enjoy downtown Owensboro businesses, restaurants, and parks.

Andrea Ijanes never has problems finding a parking spot when coming to work at Classy Consignment in downtown Owensboro, but she says some of her customers do.

"People will come in, and we're a consignment store, so they will have several boxes. It's difficult to park a further distance away and not be able to come in here, park in the front," Ijanes said.

The City of Owensboro wants to make parking easier for people coming downtown by creating more handicap and 30 minute parking spaces at every intersection and also by working with private lot owners.

"We have a lot of spots that are not regulated. They are regulated by different entities, different organizations, that aren't always talking to each other. We want to bring everything under one umbrella," city engineer, Joe Schepers said. 

Schepers recommended to the commission that the city create a parking committee and to increase parking fines. Ijanes says the city's parking plan will help improve downtown for businesses and people.

Schepers believes that if the parking plan is carried out correctly it will help take care of some of the parking problems downtown.

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